Jesus is the main thing (person) that keeps us safe BTW.
The thing that I speak of is wisdom though. Wisdom helps to keep you safe when things are going pear shaped. Wisdom is also pleasant when things are not stormy.
Now wisdom is how God sees the world and if we can get wisdom then we can be how God wants us to be.
A good way to become wise is to:
- Read the bible.
- Then apply the verses in your life.
- Observe it work e.g. you get blessing come back to you after giving to the poor. Luke 6:38.
- You see the world clearer now therefore you also see more of the bad.
This is a good way to get wisdom. Jesus give us wisdom and Jesus is the bible as the bible is the Word. See Proverbs 2:6.
There are many ways that wisdom can keep you safe e.g. you can be prudent:
The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.
Proverbs 27:12 ESV
So with the four steps above, you could apply this verse by buying lots of pasta before a second Corona wave.
The book of Proverbs is in the center of the bible. Proverbs is wisdom literature and IMO is like guide to the bible.
We need faith, and even though wisdom comes through faith, we need both. We can pray powerful prayers in faith for a fake charity as we did not have the wisdom to discern that it was a fake charity. Here, faith would be of no use without wisdom.
We can see if we are wise if we become listeners in a conversation. Not people who just want to expres their own opinion. I struggle with this so your not the only one, but sometimes I do it and I know it is right. It is the listeners that learn more and because they are humble, God favours them. Maybe the favour is strength from what they learn. The Proverb below is only a principle as I would never call someone a fool.
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Proverbs 18:2 ESV
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6 ESV
Maybe the favour from humility to listen is the strength from what you learn on listening.
We need wisdom for sure and wisdom comes through faith. Faith in Jesus.
Wisdom is from God, and from his lips comes knowledge and understanding.
Please do not become unspiritual though. We need a balance of faith and wisdom. You might find that the ratio changes over time in different situations e.g. when you first start a new job, God may put your hedge up (faith) until He teaches you the wisdom to cope more for yourself.
In tricky situations we need wisdom and also prudence which is part of wisdom can stop these situations happening in the first place.
Faith and Wisdom (FaW) compliment each other e.g. you can be prudent for when you see in the future that you might lack faith, or praise God to have faith to pray for wisdom when you need it.