10 Do not say, “ Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not inquire wisely concerning this. 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun. 12 For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. 13 Consider the work of God; For who can make straight what He has made crooked? 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
(Ecclesiastes 7:10-14, New King James Version)
Wisdom of the Wise
For wisdom is a defense . . . But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.
What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? We have many people in the world with a great deal of knowledge. Does that mean that they are wise?
Wisdom deals with the application of one's knowledge, as well as an understanding of reality in life. What is reality? I answer that with two questions. Can there be any reality without the understanding of God? What is this world without God?
The wisdom of the wise comes from an understanding that man is not the center of the universe, or even his own universe or understanding of it. God, who created this world and keeps it spinning in space and habitable for humans is the One who is at the center of the universe.
As we understand this principle, we can accept the truth of Ecclesiastes 7:14.
In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
God has given to us a wonderful world to enjoy, but in the days of adversity we, as Christians, need to remember that both are appointed by the Lord. What a comfort! God allows adversity to come our way that we may grow closer to the Lord and learn to love the Lord our God more than anything this world can offer to us.
Pray for the wisdom of the wise. Enjoy the good things God has sent your way, but also accept the days of adversity as also coming from the Lord. Why? Because this world is not our home; we are just passing through until we reach our eternal home with God our Father.
May the Lord hasten the day!
God Bless You,