Week Five – Day 2 – Ecclesiastes 7:7 – 13 SOAP v. 11-12
7 Surely oppression drives the wise into madness,
and a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
10 Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
an advantage to those who see the sun.
12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,
and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
13 Consider the work of God:
who can make straight what he has made crooked?
O – More proverbial sayings by Solomon….
- Oppression can make a wise man foolish – that is why we need to cling to God and His wisdom!
- Bribes, when accepted or given, corrupt the heart – When we take or gain money for the wrong reasons, it brings corruption and sin
- The ending is better than the beginning
- Those who are patient are better off than the proud – it’s when we are impatient that we act foolishly or rashly
- Don’t be quick to get angry – anger resides in the hearts of fools – anger without wisdom is explosive! It really does show how foolish we are!
- Don’t dwell in the past – you weren’t any better off then than you are now!
- Wisdom is good when paired with wealth – it makes life better!
- Wisdom and wealth are great protections – especially if you have both. Wisdom helps you preserve and protect what blessings you have.
- Think about God and His powerful nature – can we really think we can undo what He has done??
A – How do I apply all this?? Taking another look at the SOAP verses from the Amplified Version: ”Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an [excellent] advantage for those who see the sun.
12 For wisdom is a protection even as money is a protection, But the [excellent] advantage of knowledge is that wisdom shields and preserves the lives of its possessors.” Yes – wisdom and inheritance (wealth) are both wonderful advantages, but it is the wisdom that is the most important, as it helps to make decisions that are healthy and aids in preservation of that wealth.
Do I handle finances wisely? Do I use what God has given with the attitude of a caretaker, or am I careless? Whether in plenty or in want, I must be wise! And, now, more so, as I am not working, and learning to shop, provide meals, and create a home atmosphere that is comfortable and yet within our means.
P – Father God, increase my wisdom and understanding. Give me the ability to discern wise spending habits, to use our material possessions to provide a comfortable place not only to live, but to share with others. Father, thank You for all You have given to us, an abundance compared to many in the world. Thank You that You have provided the means for us to visit family, and to practice hospitality with others. Continue to give us YOUR wisdom in each decision. Thank You that You are Jehovah Jireh – our Provider.
The Perfect Wisdom of Our God – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSnzYnOe6kI&list=RDPAq_ktNixzM&index=24
The perfect wisdom of our God
Revealed in all the universe:
All things created by His hand
And held together at His command.
He knows the mysteries of the seas,
The secrets of the stars are His;
He guides the planets on their way
And turns the earth through another day.
The matchless wisdom of His ways
That mark the path of righteousness;
His word a lamp unto my feet,
His Spirit teaching and guiding me.
And O the mystery of the Cross,
That God should suffer for the lost,
So that the fool might shame the wise,
And all the glory might go to Christ!
O grant me wisdom from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place
Within this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
“Your perfect will in Your perfect way.”
Writers: Keith Getty and Stuart Townend