Reading the Word
Ecclesiastes 7:11–14 (ESV)
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?
14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
Understanding and Applying the Word
An inheritance is a source of security. In the times of the Old Testament, when these verses were written, this was especially true. However, wisdom needs to go along with such an inheritance or it will not go very far and will not give the security it otherwise could. In fact, wisdom is a source of security itself.
The wise understands that God holds the future in his hands. What God has set in place cannot be changed. This is true in times of prosperity and in days of adversity. When we realize this through wisdom, we can rest knowing that we are in the hands of God and that is the truest source of our security.
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