Daily Devotion - September 14, 2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Today’s Devotion – September 14, 2020
Ecclesiastes 9:13-18
Theme: Wise Stewards
Today: An Example of Wisdom

What do you think of when you hear the word wisdom? Many have images of an older person with white hair sitting calmly as she or he offers advice to someone younger in a manner that is calm and is meant to enlighten, not belittle. I admit, at times, I have held that vision of wisdom. But wisdom really has nothing to do with age, hair color, demeanor or social status and more to do with the impression the words and actions the wise person leaves imprinted on the minds of those with whom she or he interacts.

In Ecclesiastes 9:13-18, we are exposed to the true characteristics of wisdom as exemplified by an unnamed character simply referred to as “a poor man”. This man’s sole (and soul) purpose was to leave an impression imprinted in the minds of the people in his small city so they would be saved and not experience harm. His view of wisdom was that it was meant to be shared, taught, and exemplified rather than forced upon people by an abuse of power. “The old man was not remembered”, implying that he was not sharing wisdom for the sake of notoriety. He was sharing wisdom because he cared about the people in his city and wanted to save the city. Rather than use force, he used his gift of sharing pearls of wisdom with others. To the author of this passage, the impression made by this poor man was tremendous. The author saw wisdom to be better than strength, although despised and no longer heeded. The quiet words of this wise man were much more likely to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is a much more effective method of changing the hearts of people than are weapons of war. Implied in this passage is that all the seized power in the world will not bring about good nor will waging war against people; these actions will only destroy much good.

King Solomon is credited as author of Ecclesiastes and was known as a king of great wisdom. But he allowed sin to enter into his life and take control of his decision rather than using his God-given talent of wisdom. He paid for his bad decision making later in life but probably never lost sight that he was much better off using his wisdom rather than using his power to bring about change. Today, let us follow the example of wisdom described by Solomon in this passage, relying on God-given wisdom to guide us in our interactions with others, so that we might illustrate the love, grace and insight God has bestowed upon us in our lives.

Dear God, we give you thanks and praise for imparting your wisdom and insight upon us through Your Word and through the examples of wisdom you have shown us through the various people you have placed in our lives. Help us to understand that the use of wisdom is much more effective at changing the hearts of people than trying to change the minds of others through seizing and wielding power. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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