Ecclesiastes 9:15-18 (NASB)
15 But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man. 16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded. 17 The words of the wise heard in the quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
This world is gradually pursuing sin more and more. The book of Revelations tells us that it will continually get worse. The world is going to look like the days of Noah again where the world is filled with wickedness. Wickedness seems to be dominating this world, but Wisdom is quietly overtaking it.
Wisdom whispers; wickedness wails. People look towards noise, while the answer is in the quiet. Wickedness is deceiving the physical world. It trends with fun activities that are temporary. It throws things at you that are going to become dust again and man does Satan make dust loud. Fools project wickedness loudly. But Solomon, the wisest man ever, tells us that wisdom is overpowering it. The wise withstand from these wicked things because they know who is ultimately going to win.
Wisdom remains, we do not. My life ends; His message goes on. As I briefly mentioned before, all were created by dust and will return to dust. Why do we hold on to things and strive for things that aren’t everlasting? We run towards the powers of this world trying to boost ourselves up in the physical life ladder. The truth is that we are all going to die and this world is going to be renewed. Physically, we do not last. Wisdom remains. It is exactly as Solomon is saying with the poor man. He does not live for the treasure of this world, but he lives for the gold that wisdom promises.
God does not promise us wealth in this world. Wisdom tells us our treasure is found in the spiritual world. One of the many misconceptions about being a son of Christ is that we are promised good in the world. God promises us very little in the physical realm. His promises are found in life in the spiritual realm. Fools seek physical temporary treasure, while the wise seek eternal spiritual gold.
What do you value in life? Where are your priorities? Are they based on dust or based on eternal gold? What are you going to do to change the negative values/priorities? Are you going to intentionally listen to the whispers of wisdom or continue to live in wickedness? Change is a necessity in life.