23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. 24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? 25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: Ecclesiastes 7:23-25
Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. I did take a little sabbatical from Ecclesiastes during November and December but I need to jump back in. For the next few weeks I will continue my thoughts and lessons on the book of Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes reminds me so much of Proverbs. There is a great deal to grasp, learn, absorb. It is loaded with “little gems”, “principles to live by”, “wisdom”. All of this will do us no good unless we apply it to our everyday life.
The word wisdom is mentioned 234 times in 222 verses.
Let’s take a look at the 5 W’s of wisdom:
Whose wisdom should we desire?
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Romans 11:33
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:17
What is wisdom?
From the Hebrew Strong’s #2449; wisdom (in a good sense): - skillful, wisdom, wisely, wit.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines wisdom as:
1 a : accumulated philosophic or scientific learning : knowledge
b : ability to discern inner qualities and relationships : insight
c : good sense : judgment
d : generally accepted belief
among many historians — Robert Darnton>
2: a wise attitude, belief, or course of action
3: the teachings of the ancient wise men
Where do we get wisdom?
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
When do we get wisdom?
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
Why would we want wisdom?
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17
Ask God for His wisdom to:
· Give discernment
· Act correctly -according to His Word
· Redeem time correctly
· Share His Word with knowledge
May our prayer be this year: O Lord, teach us to number our days and apply our hearts to Your wisdom to do and say the correct things today. (Psalm 90:12)
Have a blessed day,