Faith & Life: Seeking Wisdom in All Parts of Your Life

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Seeking Wisdom in All Parts of Your Life

Wisdom is Superior to Folly and Strength

by J.M. Troppello

I value wisdom. I admit that I have not always been wise – and in some instances in my life, I’ve totally disregarded rational thought and wise counsel. I am a subscriber to Blaze TV. I listen to the Glenn Beck Radio Show daily. I don’t listen to it live, but watch the recording on TV in the afternoon while writing. Several times recently, he mentioned that his listeners should embrace wisdom – especially in these surreal and unpredictable times. He has said that people need to follow the leading of the Spirit. I completely agree with his urging.

13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.

16 Then I said:
“Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, And his words are not heard. 17 Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war; But one sinner destroys much good.”
(Ecc. 9:13-18, NKJV)

In this passage from Ecclesiastes 9:13-18, you can read a short parable describing that wisdom is far superior to strength and especially to folly. The parable describes how a small town was saved from an invasion by a neighboring king because of the wisdom of a ‘poor, wise man.’ His wisdom delivered the small city. However, no one remembered that poor, wise man.

The writer of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, said that, “Wisdom is better than strength.” He ends this parable by saying that, “Wisdom is better than weapons of war.”

Now, I don’t use weapons of war in my daily life – unless you’re talking about praise being my weapon of warfare! (See: 2 Chronicles 20:20-24) However, as God moved to win many battles for the Israelites as they moved forward in praise, I know God is moving forward in my life as well.

I agree that wisdom is a key component to living victoriously in this life.

You need to have common sense for making decisions for the normal, everyday, physical needs that you have. Yet, many times, you’ll need to pray to God for wisdom for bigger decisions you’ll have to make such as how to budget your finances, etc. You need wisdom for decisions you must make pertaining to your family and work responsibilities.

Consider the following ways that you can increase your spiritual wisdom and discernment:

  • Spend time daily with the Lord through prayer, praise, and Bible reading

  • Pray to God to direct your path and give you wisdom in all situations

  • Practice mindfulness and mediation on the Bible to help you get back on track

  • Seek out counsel from godly Christian leaders in the church or your friends

  • Regularly attend church weekly to learn from the sermons that are preached

  • Attend a small group to get support from other Christians from your church

What do you do to increase your spiritual wisdom and discernment?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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