Today’s Reading — Ecclesiastes 4:13-18 — A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction. For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom. I have seen all the living under the sun throng to the side of the second lad who replaces him. There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind.
Quoholet today considers in his didactic autobiography the value of wealth and position when compared to wisdom. Often we see that those who appear advantaged are really giant heaps of meaninglessness, striving after the wind….. Wealth or power paired with wisdom are wonderful things. Without wisdom, the striving begins.
It is also true of all biblical wisdom. You can search the proverbs and find wisdom, but it only becomes wisdom when it is applied at the exact right time. Wisdom is dynamic. What is wise one day may be foolishness the next. The wisdom of God as revealed in His Word must be applied with His wisdom. When God gave Moses the law, the law contained wisdom, but was given to an unwise people in a fallen world, and they successfully distorted it in many ways. Proverbs 26:4 says — Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. That seems like wise counsel. Jesus applied it when he refused to defend Himself against what the Temple leaders thought was His destruction because He knew it was the fulfillment of God’s will for Him, and would usher an age of Grace extended for salvation by faith alone into existence. He also applied the very next verse with opposing wisdom, Proverbs 26:5 — Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes. Jesus often revealed the folly of the Pharisees through application of this verse. Wisdom is only wise in wisely chosen timing.
Solomon asked for wisdom and received it, although he never succeeded in applying it to his own life. Wisdom was always available to him, yet he had colossal failures attending his life. As New Covenant Christians, the wisdom of God is ours through the Holy Spirit, but we often fail by virtue of wisdom unapplied, misapplied, or unavailed. I’ve often looked back at a failure knowing that if I’d really fasted, prayed, and responded as God instructed before I had acted, His wisdom would have averted my mess. When Jesus was transfigured, the voice of the Father from heaven said — This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!
Want wisdom? The bible is full of it, but the timing for our application of God’s wisdom can only be known if we consciously listen to Him! How and when do you listen for God’s whispers on the wind? How do you seek confirmation of His voice when you think you have heard it? Are you listening and following or just waving good verses at your life at inappropriate times? Are you marching ahead of the Lord screaming His Word, or quietly following Him, listening to His voice?
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven….. (3:1)
Can you hear Me now?
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