According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, prudence actually comes from the Latin word for providence, “prudentia” or “prodentia”.
So what does it mean to be prudent?The word “prude” also comes from this word. Which now-a-days has a bad connotation to it, but in the past, it meant to show integrity and wisdom. It actually means to be careful, cautious, to have temperance when making a decision, and using reason. But as Christians how do we use “prudence”, based on God’s laws of Life. What decision will bring about salvation? Which decision will bear fruit?
Prudence uses wisdom, foresight, and knowledge to make its decision. It does not weigh things on emotion or temptation. It relies upon the Lord and His promises to come into a final decision. Will it lead me closer to Him?
Is His divine providence allowing this for Him? and for His glory? Or is this a trickery of the devil to lead you astray? Will it bear much fruit? Or add to the works of the flesh?
Pro 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
Prudence is defined as wisdom put into practice and it leads to action, proving the providence of it. (Clarke)
Eph 1:8,9 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
A good book to read on the subject, “Finding God’s Will” by Zac Poonen.