Monday, February 4, 2013

Wisdom is better than …

13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: 14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. 16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. 17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. Ecclesiastes 9:13-18

The word wisdom is mentioned 25 times in the book of Ecclesiastes. Wisdom was a subject that Solomon knew much about. When Solomon was first king, God put a question to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” (II Chronicles 1:7) Remember this was the God of the universe speaking to a newly appointed king.

Solomon could have asked for anything. God gave him the question and waited for the answer. The answer comes in II Chronicles 1:10 “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? “

The answer Solomon gave was in and of itself wisdom. He knew God could and would give him anything he wanted but he asked for wisdom to lead and judge the people.

In this portion of scripture Solomon tells about a poor wise man who delivered a city. No details are mentioned of when and where but Solomon says no one remembered the man. This reminds me of why we do the things we do. Are we doing things in the “name of God” or the “name of wisdom” so others will notice, or do we do things in the name of God in the “quietness of our life” .

Wisdom is the best thing to have. It only takes one person to destroy something. Don’t be that one to destroy. Keep your eyes on Jesus, constantly ask him for wisdom in all aspects of your life.

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 

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 

Are you going through hard times? Do you know someone who is going through hard times (physically or spiritually)? Ask God for wisdom to do and say the right thing.

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  

Have a blessed day,

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