Wisdom is Better than Weapons of War

Read Ecclesiastes 9:7

When I turned the page in my journal to write this devotion and saw Ecclesiastes I was a little shocked. After writing New Testament pieces it seemed an odd place to go. However, the concept is an interesting one and no doubt one that if taken singularly, could be horrifically misconstrued. First, I’ll tell you to take note of Solomon’s discouragement. To him, life is seemingly pointless. Bad guys see the same “chance” that the good guys are presented with. Even the wise man who saves the city is forgotten (you’ll have to read the whole chapter to understand, don’t cheat the system). So he reasons that you might as well enjoy life however it’s handed to you because God has approved/accepted/favored whatever it is you do. That Hebrew word there is 7521, râtsâh, meaning to be pleased with; specifically, to satisfy a debt. One could be led to believe then that God’s cool with however you live your life. Certainly that’s not true based on the whole of Scripture. Solomon knew how to live, he knew right from wrong but he’d become disillusioned by what he deemed unfair treatment. Here’s the thing I think believers should see, God is pleased with you because His Son envelopes you now. If you live according to that presence in your life indeed you should (and will) enjoy every day you’re given. Ultimately you need to know that “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” (v. 18).

Father, reveal Your truth to us so that no one can lead us astray with out of context teachings. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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