Ecclesiastes 7:1-12 (NIV)
7 A good name is better than fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
the living should take this to heart.
3 Frustration is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person
than to listen to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot,
so is the laughter of fools.
This too is meaningless.
7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool,
and a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
and benefits those who see the sun.
12 Wisdom is a shelter
as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
Wisdom preserves those who have it.
Don’t many of us turn to the Proverbs for verses on wisdom? And well we should, there is some great material there concerning the topic.
However, in browsing Ecclesiastes today, I came across these and more verses on wisdom, given to us from King Solomon. Commentators say that Solomon was writing this near the end of his life and is reflecting upon and taking stock in those things of importance in this earthly time.
Regardless of what phase of life the wise King is speaking, he wants us to realize something very important. A life which is not centered on the things of God is a waste of time and effort. As he states earlier in the book, nothing else but God can satisfy.
It is with God that we can accept the good things in life and enjoy them to the fullest. But foolish is the person who looks to the possessions of the world alone for fulfillment. For the things of the world are transitory and meaningless in and of themselves. As scripture points out, they are passing away as are all things here, including our physical life itself!
Therefore, let us take advantage of this wisdom regardless of our age and place at present. Read the verses above and take them to heart. Apply them in our every day circumstances. And remember, there are several more of these thoughts recorded in chapter seven which may further benefit us!
May the Lord richly bless everyone who seeks Him and His will in Spirit and in truth!
- “The NIV Study Bible, copyright 1995, Zondervan, pg.984”