May 31st, 2018
Wisdom, A Godly Inheritance
Ecclesiastes 7:10-12 (KJB) Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this. 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. 12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
There are two kinds of wisdom at work in this world. Wisdom founded upon things of God and a weaker understanding, or truism, heralded from an array of experiences in this world. Both kinds of understanding are spoken of in these scripture verses. The biblical book of Ecclesiastes is a treasure trove of witty humanism from Solomon in his early years. The truths of God round out his life as he comes to know God personally in his later years.
For most of us, these truths ring true as the truth of our past is often seen through a different set of lenses than the future. Rose colored glasses often make the past appear to be more fun but genuine wisdom tells us that the future is quite bright and filled with promises.
Wisdom from God allows a mature man or woman the knowledge necessary to make wise and informed financial decisions based on His Word. An inexperienced child will often make unwise choices with his or her money based on emotions and fads rather than a solid foundation of sincere knowledge.
The ultimate test of wisdom is whether it is based on experiences or founded upon the truths found in the Word of God. Truisms are fun sayings that do not necessarily pass the test of time and circumstances. However, truths based on God will remain standing, making a spiritually quickened alive man richer through both time and circumstances of life.
Solomon learned that maturity in aging alone was not enough to uncover real wisdom. Sincere understanding must be based upon truths of God first and foremost. Only wisdom from God pays lasting dividends now and forever in the eternal realm.