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“Wisdom is better,” is what I read twice in my devotional reading this morning. In Ecclesiastes 9:16, 18. In verse 16 it states that “wisdom is better than strength” and in verse 18 it states that “wisdom is better than weapons of war.” This had me thinking, how often do we resort to strength and weapons before choosing wisdom to fight the struggles in life?
Strength and weapons are carnal devices that depend on fleshly know-how and might. Often these are the first resources that man runs to in times of difficulty and adversity. Wisdom is dependent upon God. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction,” Proverbs 1:7.
Would it not be more prudent in the days of trials to follow the path of wisdom whose author is God? Many of life’s mistakes are made from rash human impulses instead of the patient endurance of wisdom that God provides. Christians especially are admonished to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6.
“Wisdom is better!” James 1:5 gives us the key to finding this wisdom to help with life’s choices. He said, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be give him.” God will freely supply for the heart that seeks wisdom rather than the harried messes of one’s own way.
Today, choose wisdom. It’s always the better option.