13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man. 16 Then I said:
“ Wisdom is better than strength.
Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised,
And his words are not heard.
17 Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard
Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war;
But one sinner destroys much good.”
(Ecclesiastes 9:13-18, New King James Version)
Words of the Wise
Who is the wisest man in our world today? If anyone's name came to mind, I would be surprised! Who is the richest man in the world today? Probably, several names registered in your mind. Who is the most powerful ruler in the world today? Again, I imagine several names popped into your mind.
Yet, Solomon states, Wisdom is better than strength; wisdom is better than weapons of war. words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.
It seems as though man has not changed all that much in the last 3000 years. No one remembers the wise man--even the wise man who saved a city from the grasp of a foreign king.
This advice from Solomon is critical in our time. In our country, it seems as though the general attitude is one of apathy. As long as our daily life hums along at a regular pace, we do not get too excited about national or world events.
How should Christians view national and world events? Let us, by God's grace, heed the advice of Solomon and listen to the words of the wise. As we have opportunities to make a difference in the world by which we are surrounded in our day to day activities, let us rise up as people of God, and be busy about God's business.
Our world is changing quickly, and it is evident that the end times are very near. May we use our time and abilities to listen to the words of the wise and build up the kingdom of God in our own little corner of the world.
God Bless You,