Words of Wisdom: Strength in Humility and Honesty, Ecclesiastes 7:19-22
Wisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers of a city. There is certainly no righteous man on the earth who does “good” and never sins. Don’t pay attention to everything people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you; for you know that many times you yourself have cursed others. Eccl 7:19-22 (HCSB)
Wisdom is more than knowledge of stuff. Wisdom is applying common sense to life’s situations and knowing your limits and the limits of others as well. Wisdom is learning when to be quiet and when to speak. Wisdom knows what is truth and what is just people talking for the sake of talking. Wisdom recognizes our imperfections and shortcomings.
Wisdom is a powerful gift that God provides to those who are willing to invest in it and who will actively pursue it. Yet, wisdom from God can never be fully acquired or discovered in one’s lifetime. In some way or another, we all have some degree of wisdom. Even the fool has stumbled across some wisdom – just not enough to recognize what he still lacks, but enough to think he has found it.
A person who has pursued wisdom grows in humility and honesty each day, and interacts with others in a manner that pleases the author of wisdom. The more wisdom one realizes, the more that person realizes how much wisdom he or she lacks. The person that invests in wisdom also realizes that goodness and sin exist together to expose the other. And, a wise person has experienced both in their life and acknowledges the fact that without God’s forgiveness there is no one righteous on their own.
Have you invested enough time in pursuing God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word to walk through life with the strength and confidence of knowing what godly wisdom is and that it is worth pursuing? How can you know if you are becoming wiser? Well, do the words and actions of others not affect you like they used to? Are you seeing the strength of living more humbly and honestly with others? Are you still seeking approval from others, because the truly wise person knows the only opinion that matters is from the Author of Wisdom, Truth and Life? Only our relationship with God matters in the end, but remember how we relate to others does matter to Him! We cannot be responsible for how others relate to us, but we are responsible for how we attempt to relate to others, and God offers us the wisdom in even the most difficult relationships. It is there we find real strength, true humility and honesty!
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not [only] for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:1-4 (HCSB)