So many people seek to exploit every trick and trade to advance themselves. In the ancient Greek story, Homer tells of a young prince that travels across the world to escape his horrible fate–only to run right into it. Life is very much like that. We do everything we can to escape our fates, only to find ourselves ensnared and entrapped in life’s circumstance without warning or protection. What Solomon sees, is that men would live better, fuller and more peaceful lives–if they would simply listen to the wise, and accept the lives they are in, and make the most of them.
The trick is not to focus on one’s own circumstances, but, instead to focus on God and his desire to give us a full and meaningful life. Wisdom dictates that we can live simply, humbly and gratefully; and in that, experience more joy and deeper peace, than if we were buried in ill-gotten fortune or unfettered ambition. There is never enough stuff for those who are obsessed with stuff. There is never enough excitement for those whose only solace comes from the next adventure.
Amazingly, those that seek God and are content with the life he has provided–find themselves steeped in peace and in joy no matter what circumstance appears. They celebrate life’s gifts, they endure life’s challenges. They push to be their best and to pour their lives into others, all the while, wisely accepting that control lies in the hand of the Creator. Make no mistake, they are not absolved from struggle and tragedy–they are simply equipped to endure it, and blessed with others with whom they may walk through it. That is the heart of wisdom, and that is the glory of being in relationship with God!
God Bless You
I have seen something else under the sun:
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.
12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:
As fish are caught in a cruel net,
or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
that fall unexpectedly upon them.
13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: 14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. 16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
but one sinner destroys much good.