10 If the ax is dull,
And one does not sharpen the edge,
Then he must use more strength;
But wisdom brings success.
(Ecclesiastes 10:10, New King James Version)
Wisdom and the Ax!
What does wisdom have to do with an ax? How does an ax work?
When I was young, we had a large room with a fireplace right in the middle. When a fire needed to be started, my father would use an ax to split wood for kindling, and also to split larger logs into smaller pieces that would fit in our fireplace.
I quickly gained an appreciation for those who chop wood. No matter how hard I tried I could not chop wood successfully; of course, it may have helped if my ax hit the same spot each time, and it may have helped if the ax was sharper.
The person who is wise is one who takes the time to assess a situation and determine simpler or more proficient ways of accomplishing a task. If the ax is dull, sharpening it will certainly make the job of chopping wood much easier.
How often do we act like the fool? We try again and again to accomplish something without stopping and thinking about what we are doing? Or, we enter into a project without first considering the cost and the method we will use to complete the project. How many unfinished projects do we leave behind because we did not first properly plan ahead?
As Christians we tend to approach our service for the Lord in the same manner. Perhaps a little planning, along with much prayer, will help us to more successfully bear fruit for the kingdom!
As we go about our duties of this day, let us think about wisdom and the ax!
God Bless You,