Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wisdom Strengthens the Wise

19 Wisdom strengthens the wise
More than ten rulers of the city.
20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin.
21 Also do not take to heart everything people say,
Lest you hear your servant cursing you.
22 For many times, also, your own heart has known
That even you have cursed others.
23 All this I have proved by wisdom.
I said, “I will be wise”;
But it was far from me.
(Ecclesiastes 7:19-23, New King James Version)

Wisdom Strengthens the Wise

What do we learn from the wise? We learn that wisdom strengthens the wise more than 10 rulers of the city. Yet, even the wise are not without sin. Because we know this to be true, we should not be so easily offended if we hear others speak against us. Have we not done the same thing to other people?

Knowing all of this to be true, Solomon states,

All this I have proved by wisdom.
I said, “I will be wise”;
But it was far from me.

Remember, this statement comes from the man known as the wisest man who ever lived. What can we take away from this?

It is good for us to seek true wisdom, however we must understand that all of man's wisdom is tainted. Now we see through a glass darkly, but in heaven we shall see Christ face to face. Where, then, do we find true wisdom? True wisdom is never to be found anywhere on the face of this earth. True wisdom only comes from God.

How should this knowledge affect our everyday lives? All men and women should be humbled by God; no matter how wise or knowledgeable we become, we will always be deficient. Only in the Lord Jesus Christ can we even hope to develop a semblance of wisdom on this earth.

As a person who can easily be offended, I really appreciate Solomon's advice regarding people who speak against us. When you think of it, it is only pride that causes us to be offended. But, where is there room for pride when we stand before the Lord God of Hosts?

Let us pray that we may reach the point in our Christian journey that we may understand the words of Solomon: Wisdom strengthens the wise.

God Bless You,
Linda

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