Ecclesiastes 7:12, “For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.”
I have come to learn in my own life a huge difference between wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is being aware, learning by teaching. Wisdom is having knowledge and applying it in different ways to produce a result that is even greater. Wisdom is well calculated options to make something better while knowledge may sometimes be one way in the sense that if you learned it this way, it’s got be done that way. The bible puts both of them in different verses and are very significant, Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding”, Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but the fools despise wisdom and instruction”. I know people who never went to school and but have such wisdom. I believe that wisdom is mostly learnt from experience.
1King 3:5,”At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” “, and Solomon said vs. 9, “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” Solomon was crowned the next king, then the Lord appeared and gave him an open check to ask for anything he could desire. What he goes for is wisdom (understanding, discerning). What would you have asked for? lots of money, a big house, material things? Solomon asked for nothing but wisdom to judge his people wisely and fairly. Without wisdom, you could have everything you desire, and most likely those things will kill you.
Give someone a million dollars and see what happens, if one has never been trained, or skilled to handle that kind of money, it will destroy him. If you let someone go through different process of learning to utilize, being a good steward, learning to invest, be generous, you give him little by little, they become content and faithful. When they arrive at the top, you give them that kind of money, it will not bring them down because they are wise. Mathew 25:22-23, “22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things“. It’s a matter of being faithful with the little that you increase in a job position or ministry that God makes you ruler over much. Many people want to be enlarged but they have problems maintaining where they are. Some want to make progress but are not faithful in that which is little. If you are given anything that you are not prepared for, either it will destroy you or you will destroy it. Don’t be discouraged because you are not where you want to be; be like Joseph who was faithful even in the small beginnings and God in due time entrusted him with larger things because he had demonstrated that he could be trusted. Through his small beginnings, he learnt more of wisdom and understanding that when he reached to the top, he became one of the most humble people on earth.
Solomon did not ask for riches, he asked for wisdom, listen to God’s reaction 1Kings 3:10, “And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing”. Now listen to God’s word to Solomon 1Kings 3:11-13, “11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days..”. Ecclesiastes 7:12, “For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. “
For this new king, wisdom was going to be his number one defense, wisdom had an opportunity to sustain and keep him. The bible already declared the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. He understood that if the Lord was going to bring something in his life, he was going to be required to apply wisdom. The wisdom he asked for was his defense all the days of his life. Now riches comes in (spiritual, material according to His will), some have said that money is the root of all evil, I don’t agree but I do know that the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil. If money was evil, we wouldn’t need to work but somewhere also the bible says that money answers all things. The people who love money have no understanding of wisdom but if you do, self-control is employed and you are reminded that whatever the Lord brings to your life, you are expected to be a good steward. The last part of Ecclesiastes 7:12, “… but the excellence of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them those that have it”, my understanding of this verse, wisdom gives life to them that have money (material blessings). How do we gain wisdom, by fearing the Lord. It all comes down to what is my motive for wanting more. Solomon desired wisdom, but what was his motive for desiring wisdom? Be faithful wherever you are placed, gain wisdom and experience to get you to the next level and check your motives. Everything can and will leave, but Wisdom is your defense.
- Lest We Lose Focus, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)