There’s a picture painted in Ecclesiastes that we never hear preached, but it might be a good day for it now.
In a small and vulnerable city lived a man who, though wise, was poor and unnoticed. A powerful king came against the city and built a siegeworks to starve them out. They were as good as dead. Then the previously unknown man offered something that (though it’s not told how) changed everything.*
That’s my summary. The original writer wraps it up with: “Wisdom is better than strength.”
He also makes another point: “After it was all done, the poor man was forgotten and his wisdom was no longer heeded.
It’s one of the ironies of life.
Irony: When things go in an opposite way than expected. Life has so much of it, I sometimes wonder if it’s more the rule than the exception. (If that were possible.)
How often it is that no credit is given to the one it is due.
Or sometimes it’s worse: Rather than credit there’s blame. You’ve heard it said: “No good deed will go unpunished.” It’s another irony, and we’ve seen it happen.
It happened at the central moment of history!
Too often the wise are despised. It’s the popular who are popular. Wisdom is handy in a pinch. But until then, and after then, “Let’s party.”
Sounds sort of depressing if it wasn’t so familiar.
It’s right there in Ecclesiastes: We tend to forget the One to whom we owe our lives . . . the One that, though poor, was wise, and provided a solution to save us.
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