“Wisdom is Better!”

“Wisdom is better,” is what I read twice during my devotional reading.  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.

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“How Many Times?”

 

How many times have I missed the mark?
How many times have I chosen the dark?

How many times have I despised what’s right?
How many times have I lived for the night?

How many times has my life taken an ugly turn?
How many of your graces did I willingly spurn?

How many times do you love me still?
How many times do You draw me to do Your will?

How many times has Your Spirit poured out,
To quench the thirst of this soul in drought?

How many times, in my life, Your victories have won,
To reach in and save me by the blood of Your dear Son?

How many times have you drawn me to stay
By Your side, because You’re the only way?

How many times have you redeemed me from my sinful plight,
To allow me to relish in Your Son’s holy light?

How many times can I say I love You?
Numbering them one by one just won’t do!

How many times is a question I ask,
Because keeping this soul is an awesome task.

How many times . . . oh, I’m so grateful You do,
Never to give up on a love between me and You.

 “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again,” Proverbs 24:16

“How Many Times?”

How many times have I missed the mark?

How many times have I chosen the dark?

How many times have I despised what’s right?

How many times have I lived for the night?

 

How many times has my life taken an ugly turn?

How many of your graces did I willingly spurn?

How many times have You tried to wrench me from the devil’s lies?

How many times, Your efforts have I despised?

 

How many times do you love me still?

How many times do You draw me to do Your will?

How many times has Your Spirit poured out,

To quench the thirst of this soul in drought?

 

How many times, in my life Your victories have won,

To reach in and save me by the blood of Your dear Son?

How many times have you drawn me to stay

By Your side because You’re the only way?

 

How many times have you redeemed me from my sinful plight,

To allow me relish in Your Son’s holy light?

How many times can I say I love You?

Numbering them one by one just won’t do!

 

How many times is a question I ask,

Because keeping this soul is an awesome task.

How many times . . . oh, I’m so grateful You do,

Never to give up on a love between me and You.

 

“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again,” Proverbs 24:16