8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. 9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby. 10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. Ecclesiastes 10:8-10
No matter what we do in life there is always a chance that something unpleasant (dangerous) may happen. In most jobs there are “pitfalls”; some may be physical while others are mentally stressful.
Just these little verses can scream out “pay attention” use “common sense” before jumping into a situation.
The Preacher is telling the listeners to be careful when well digging, you may fall in. The region probably had a reputation for dangerous snakes (there are many poisonous snakes in the Middle East today).
He then speaks about stone quarries and chopping wood, both are dangerous occupations which require safety precautions. Using a dull ax will certainly hinder the job, but a sharp ax will get the job done quickly and be more efficient.
What can we compare to an ax? The thought that came to me was our mind. When minds are sharpened by the word of God we can be a great tool in the Lord’s toolbox. We need to sharpen our minds daily with the “Great Sharpener”, God’s word. Read and mediate on His word daily so you can be ready to give an answer of hope.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1Peter 3:15
Have a blessed day,