By: Justin Dillenschneider, Director of Student Life
Week of January 17th, 2022
Foresight can be defined as the ability to correctly judge what is going to happen. Sometimes we know what is about to happen because we have seen others experience the same thing, or because we can see the consequences of an action. Knowledge of what will happen and wisdom or discernment is not the same thing. God’s Word is the lamp that lights our path and the fount of knowledge and understanding. He promises wisdom for those who delight in His instruction and who follow His leading. While we may not be able to see what tomorrow or the next weeks, months, or years may hold, we can trust in God’s perfect plan because He loves us. He desires for us to grow in a relationship with Him and for us to glorify Him. Rather than give in to hastiness or be caught in constant fear and indecision, the Word urges us to wait on God’s timing and to act according to His teaching.
Continue contemplating foresight by looking at this week’s scripture readings from
Proverbs 2:6-13 CSB
“6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity 8 so that he may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of his faithful followers. 9 Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and integrity—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will delight you. 11 Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you. 12 It will rescue you from the way of evil— from anyone who says perverse things, 13 from those who abandon the right paths to walk in ways of darkness,”
We want to encourage you to have a conversation this week about the virtue of foresight.
Consider these discussion prompts together:
- What tempts you to become indecisive?
- Where have you seen people fall into hastiness? Where are you tempted to do so?
- What are some ways you see Christ correcting hasty or indecisive people in Scripture?
- How do we see the apostles and the early church modeling and celebrating wisdom and discretion?
Hymn to Sing Together: ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus