Perspective; October 16, 2022

Ecclesiastes 9:17-18 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
but one sinner destroys much good.

Solomon was a keen observer, but he was very cynical. He allowed the bad stuff he saw to sour him. When we read what he wrote we need to add, “But God….” As I’ve commented before, he limited his perspective to the temporal, and it was very sad. We would all do well to remember the truth in these two verses, but keep them all in the context of God being ruler over all. These days we hear lots of the “shouts of rulers of fools,” so we need to be purveyors of quiet words of wisdom. At the same time, we aren’t to be so convinced of our own wisdom that we become fools. That happens quite often! We need to remember that God is the source of all true wisdom, and seek Him before and above everything else. His wisdom indeed exceeds anything man can come up with. At the same time, we need to be careful we aren’t one of the “destructive sinners” Solomon mentions. The news is full of those. We aren’t to be blind to the evil that is in the world, but we are always to see God as above all of that. We need to remember that the horrible evil of Jesus’ scourging and crucifixion accomplished the salvation of all who would believe. God is demonstrably capable of such miracles, and we are to trust Him for them even as we offer ourselves as His instruments.

Just yesterday I happened on a news feed I don’t usually pay any attention to, and I was disgusted by how over 90% of the items were of horrible crimes that could easily give you nightmares. In a country the size of the US such things certainly happen, but focusing on them amplifies their destructive impact. I am to keep my eyes on Jesus, just as Hebrews 12:2 tells us to do, and I am to move forward in the peace and joy that come only with a focus on God. I’m quoting 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in the message this morning, and I need to operate in that truth. I don’t want to be like Solomon!

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the shock of clicking on that news feed yesterday. Help me indeed see everything through Your eyes, not ignoring the bad but recognizing Your hand at work in it all, turning even the things that the devil means for evil into good, for the salvation of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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