Words from the Heart for Friday December 1st, 2017
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
Ecclesiastes 9:18 (NIV)
Wisdom is Better Than Arms
We may not think of wisdom as a weapon. However, it surely is. And, it is even better than the finest military equipment. The entire war could be solved if godly wisdom could be found. “Lord, I thank you that in all of my “battles” today I can have Your help. You will remind me of the truth of Your Word. I will rely on the wisdom of Your Spirit for my victory.”
Most Canadians are aware of our country’s tight regulations when it comes to firearms. What you may not know is that it is illegal to bring replicas of firearms as well – fake guns that look identical to real models of weapons. With the exception of antique replicas, and some flare guns, it is not legal for Canadians, or those visiting this country, to have or import any replica weapon that could be confused with the real thing.
The old cliché is correct – it just takes one bad apple to ruin the whole bushel. It always amazes me that a group of basically good people can be influenced by one bad person to break the law or get involved in unethical activity. And that one bad apple takes down a whole group of people. King Solomon noticed how easily this happened in his day as well. In Ecclesiastes 9:18 he wrote: “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” One sinner destroys much that is good. Solomon gives the antidote – wisdom. He is right, of course. Each one of us faces many decisions every day. Most don’t have life changing implications. But when they do, we need the wisdom that only God can supply. When a sinner destroys much good, the world responds, as Solomon says, with the weapons of war. Violence begets violence. How much better to first use the wisdom that God gives – to say no to the one sinner, to stand up for what is good and godly. Godly wisdom prevents evil from happening, assuring that the good is never destroyed.
These have been words from the heart.