Words of Wisdom: Wisdom Frees the Chains of Ignorance, Ecclesiastes 8:1-13

chains of ignoranceWords of Wisdom: Wisdom Frees the Chains of Ignorance, Ecclesiastes 8:1-13

Who is like the wise person, and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man’s wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed. Keep the king’s command. Concerning an oath by God, do not be in a hurry. Leave his presence, and don’t persist in a bad cause, since he will do whatever he wants. For the king’s word is authoritative, and who can say to him, “What are you doing?” The one who keeps a command will not experience anything harmful, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure. For every activity there is a right time and procedure, even though man’s troubles are heavy on him. Yet no one knows what will happen, because who can tell him what will happen? No one has authority over the wind to restrain it, and there is no authority over the day of death; there is no furlough in battle, and wickedness will not allow those who practice it to escape. All this I have seen, applying my mind to all the work that is done under the sun, at a time when one man has authority over another to his harm. In such circumstances, I saw the wicked buried. They came and went from the holy place, and they were praised in the city where they did so. This too is futile. Because the sentence against a criminal act is not carried out quickly, therefore the heart of  people is filled [with the desire] to commit crime. Although a sinner commits crime a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I also know that it will go well with God-fearing people, for they are reverent before Him. However, it will not go well with the wicked, and they will not lengthen their days like a shadow, for they are not reverent before God. Eccl 8:1-13 (HCSB)

We will never know all the reasons under the sun for why certain things happen or even why some people can get away with the things that they do, but we are blessed with sufficient wisdom to learn to be patient and to persevere even when it seems futile, and to persist in seeking to understand. However, wisdom is not dispensed like candy from a vending machine or doled out as in a cafeteria buffet line. Only God knows all things, and He alone has the sovereign authority over wisdom and the sharing of it with man. And, I believe there are times when God holds back wisdom to protect man in certain circumstances. Why? Because, man cannot fully comprehend all the reasons why certain things happen and for what greater purpose God allows them to occur.

Yes, there are arrogant and wrong-doing authority figures that rule over us. However, God has allowed them to rule for a reason and for only a season so that His purpose will be realized later. However, while such a person flaunts their power and position upon others, we are told to prayerfully persevere under their yoke of tyranny because in the proper time we will see the blessing that will come from remaining faithful. This is also true of the wicked that walk among us and even enter our churches; there too we are told to not be jealous that they seemingly are getting off scot-free from their lifestyle choices and evil deeds. Though they flaunt their superiority and invincibility, there is coming a time when they will be held accountable and justice will not be delayed or softened.

In the end, God-fearing people are the faithful ones who pursue God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word on a daily basis. The faithful are given the wisdom to recognize wrong but also the patience and understanding to persevere through times that they cannot change. Christian courage is given to those who are willing to walk in this world realizing evil exists and bad things do happen to good people, and bad people seem to get away with their schemes. However, in the midst of that God shines His light of truth upon the truly courageous and faithful, and they are given the wisdom to break the chains of ignorance that causes us to fear. Just as if there is no darkness how would you know what the light is, so too with evil and goodness! That is the beginning of Godly wisdom. This is how we learn to live with a purpose in this imperfect world, making a difference for God’s glory and greater purposes by faith.


You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matt 5:43-48 (HCSB)

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