Wisdom is better than folly

I was thinking about the word “wisdom” a few days ago and decided to look up some scriptures that discuss the topic.  Lately, it seems wisdom is something that is absent from much of society.  My search took me to Ecclesiastes, chapter 8.  I wanted to go through a few verses that stood out to me.

Wisdom Better Than Folly

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, not riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Ecclesiastes 8:11

We are all in a race of sorts.  The path is different for each one of us, but the end goal is the same.  To glorify Jesus in our works, make our way to heaven, and bring as many others with us as possible.  While it is true we should strive to do a good job when we take on a task, we must never forget that obedience is the important part over beating others out.  Sometimes “winning” is lifting others up on our shoulders intead.

Even the most swift, the strongest, the wisest, the smartest are not guaranteed a higher reward than the others.  Sin and circumstance can happen to anyone.  We are rewarded for obedience and spreading God’s word here on Earth.

But I saw that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard. 

Ecclesiastes 8:16

Do you see this happening now?  When I look around, the regular, everyday people are being silenced and the wealthy voices are booming.  Small businesses are dying.  Conservatives are being canceled.  Anyone who speaks out against the narrative is ignored, and labeled a conspiracy theorist, bigot, racist, and any number of other derogatory terms.  Black people speaking out against the multi-million dollar corporation Black Lives Matter are called sell-outs, not really black, and so on. 

The ‘poor man’ should remain quiet and not disrupt the information peddling of the wealthy.  Sound like anything going on around you right now?

The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.  Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

Ecclesiastes 8:17-18

The most difficult to hear voices are often the ones most worth listening to.  It is easy for us to get lost in the noise.  That is why it is more important than ever to speak boldly about our faith, and not be pushed down and silenced. 

A battle with weapons that is being fought by foolish men is a battle that is sure to be lost.  Wisdom is necessary in every aspect of life.  Strategy, education and calm persistence are weapons of wisdom that Christians should have in their arsenal. 

It takes many of us to stand together to form a strong force for Christianity.  Yet one screaming tyrant can destroy many good works.  Have you ever heard the phrase, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease?”  This happens time and time again, yet we as Christians still try to remain meek, inconspicuous and inoffensive. 

A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.

Ecclesiastes 10:2

I’m sure the irony of this verse will not be lost to you.

If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave you place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.

Ecclesiastes 10:4

Considering our rulers are angry, this holds much meaning today.  Do not be afraid and silenced into submission.  If we remain calm yet unrelenting in our push for truth, we can change the course of our country.  Standing for what we believe in will remain a growing priority.  For now, speaking out only causes social discomfort and cancelation.  How long will we sit in silence?  Until the cost is far greater to regain the ground we have lost?

The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Ecclesiastes 10:12

In today’s climate, wise words seem to be frowned upon instead of favored.  Our culture pushes acceptance and support of even sinful things over truth in love.  Feelings over truth.  The Bible says though, that wise words win favor, and those who speak foolishly will be consumed.  In our era of instant gratification and aversion to suffering, this is a difficult test of patience.  We can take comfort in the fact that the Bible assures us we will be rewarded for being wise.

As Christians, we don’t want to offend with our words.  We are told not to say or do things that will push people away from a relationship with Jesus.  While I agree with that to an extent, luring people into a false relationship with gentle lies, or lies by omission does not earn the new believer a relationship with the Lord.  Once the truth comes out, (and it always will) they will see through the lies and think us hypocrites.  I have been there myself. 

Bringing people into Christianity with truth – and in love is the only way to foster a lasting relationship with Christianity, and ultimately with God.

The final scripture I wanted to share today is:

Bread is made for laughter,

and wine gladdens life,

and money answers everything.

Ecclesiastes 10:19

This verse made me smile until I got to the part about money.  Money answers everything?  It means that money can have influence, and bend situations to our will.  Money is the earthly currency that speaks volumes.

How can we as Christians put our money to good use?  Tithing, supporting Christian businesses, and donating to Christian charities are all excellent ways to have our money work for God.  If you find a political candidate that you support who is a true Christian, and you have the means to donate to a campaign, give it a try.  I didn’t realize until this year how much money it takes to run for an office.  

Altering the course of our nation will take time, effort, and a huge amount of patience.  The left has been patiently organizing, and planting seeds of propaganda for decades.  Our schools and our government have been drifting faithfully left while we Christians have been sleeping right through our Church Age.

Should Christians reinsert ourselves into the school systems?  Political offices?  Public forums?  Yes to all of these, and more.  We are not called to be silent observers as the world burns all around us.  We are called to be steadfast, truthful and loving.  Until we bring God back into society, darkness will always be pressing in to fill the absence left behind.

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