Wisdom and Tact

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When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. Daniel 2:14 (NIV) 

Daniel was one of those wisemen the king’s guard had gone out to kill and yet… we see Daniel responding in a calm, cool and collected manner!! This kind of reaction can only comes through the gift of a sound mind by way of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 1:7). Choosing to set our mind on the rock solid promises of God grounds us when the “wind and waves” swell around us.

Daniel was able to confront his killer with speech saturated with wisdom and tact. Tact reminds me of tack which is word for what a sail boat does to remain on course. Tacking is a sailing move that takes the boat back and forth in a zig zag pattern, using the gusts of wind to remain on course. To tack in a boat is to use the force of the winds to your advantage; keeping you moving in the desired direction. Daniel was able to utilize the wisdom from God with some tact, or cleverness and skill. 

The next time we sense the “wind and the waves” of life beginning to swell all around us, we can… 

*Apply the wisdom God has given us with some tact (skill and cleverness), using the “wind and waves” that the enemy means to drive us off course, rather to our advantage (Matt. 10:16)! Often this is done choosing an attitude of worship over worry (Heb. 13:15).

*Remember to take captive every thought, making it obedient to the Truth of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). 

*Remember the power and sound mind available to us through the Holy Spirt within us as believers. 

*Remember our God’s faithfulness and victorious power that reigns over every “wind” and every “wave” dear one (2 Cor. 1:20). 

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20 (NIV)

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