1 Who is like a wise man?
And who knows the interpretation of a thing?
A man’s wisdom makes his face shine,
And the sternness of his face is changed.
(Ecclesiastes 8:1, New King James Version)
When I think of a shining face, I think of a smiling face, with an added twinkle in the eye. What is there about a smile, that on a bad day, one's smile can lift our hearts from our own circumstances. We all love smiles. We will go to great ends to get a baby to smile, and when the baby does, the whole room lights up.
As a Christian, I think of the joy we experienced when we first believed: when we first understood the burden of sin that was lifted from us. We know there is no wisdom apart from God, so a truly wise man is a man who understands His relationship with God, and bathes in the blessings of that realization.
What happened to that joy? Where did it go? How quickly we can be consumed by the burdens and dreariness of every day life, so that it is hard to remember the joy. As Christians, that should not be the case.
Think of Daniel, who prayed in the morning, at noon, and at night. Given his responsibilities in a foreign kingdom, it would be easy to understand how easy it would be to forget the joy of God. Yet, no matter how busy he became, God was always first in his life. Even the threat of being thrown into the den of lions did not diminish his joy and faithfulness to God, his father.
Let us by the grace of God, find ourselves in prayer and meditation upon the Word of God each day. Then, let us share that joy with a shining face!
God Bless You,