Proverbs 27:12 Two Moves Ahead

12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Two Moves Ahead

I saw a lecture where it was hown that today’s society are ‘in the moment’.  Experientially that is good.  We should not worry about the future because it is in God’s hands.  However, we should be able to anticipate a little of what is around the next corner and make plans appropriately.  Whether, like a chess player, we can see many moves ahead in the game of life, or whether we just know how to make the best possible next move – wisdom does make plans for the future. 

The connection is to experience the present and be fully aware of our surroundings whilst also seeing that godly patterns of thinking make prudent plans for the future.  Do you have the balance?


  1. How should one adapt to the future?
  2. Why do you think the simple are unaware?
  3. My son, who is 4, often seems in a world of his own.  When he is not concentrating on walking, what he is saying, or where his hands and feet go – he hurts himself and others.  Why don’t some people grow out of this?
  4. How do we educate a child to make more aware choices?
  5. Watch Sherlock, the BBC series.  How does Sherlock’s awareness make him brilliant?  Of what is he unaware?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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2 Responses to Proverbs 27:12 Two Moves Ahead

  1. Dan S says:

    Thank you for your post. I always enjoy your thoughts on these topics. I believe we should rely on God and prayerfully request direction in our life. We are surrounded by evil and temptation and it is very easy to get caught up in these things without effort and self prudence against this. With evil and sin so inter-webbed in the things we do, see, experience, and feel, it seems God is calling us to focus on the little things that we so quickly say “it’s okay, or it’s no big deal” to- because it not only effects our lifestyle but our complete relationship with God. It seems to me that “simple” refers to being unwise to God’s teaching. For those that have the tools in front of them and have accepted Christ, responsibility follows.

    Ps: Benedict Cumberbatch is awesome.

  2. Kelli says:

    I think we need to also remember that there is an important difference between making prudent plans for the future and being worried for the future. I tend to quickly go beyond planning and into worry.

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