by Rev Joel Yong
There was a small town with a few soldiers in it, and a powerful king came to attack it. He surrounded it and blockaded it. A poor, wise person was found in that town. He saved the town using his wisdom. But no one remembered that poor person. So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength,” even though that poor person’s wisdom was despised, and no one listened to what he said.
This story that Solomon mentions here, is not random or fictional.
It’s found here-
2 Samuel 20:16-22
Then a clever woman called from the city, “Listen, listen! Tell Joab to come here so that I can talk to him.” He came near, and she asked, “Are you Joab?” “I am,” he answered. “Listen to what I have to say,” she told him. “I’m listening,” he answered. So she said, “There’s an old saying: ‘Be sure to ask at Abel before doing anything. That’s the way they settle matters.’ We are peaceful and faithful Israelites. Are you trying to destroy a mother city in Israel? Why should you swallow up what belongs to the LORD?” Joab answered, “That’s unthinkable! I don’t wish to swallow it up or destroy it. That isn’t the case. A man from the mountains of Ephraim by the name of Sheba, son of Bichri, has rebelled against King David. Give him to me, and I’ll withdraw from the city.” “That’s fine,” the woman told Joab. “His head will be thrown to you from the wall.” Then the woman went to all the people with her clever plan. They cut off Sheba’s head and threw it to Joab. He blew the ram’s horn, and everyone scattered and withdrew from the city and went home. Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.
The point is this- though no one may remember a person’s wisdom, its a better quality than brute strength.
Wisdom can solve seemingly deadlocked situations.
Pursue wisdom over all.
People learn, really, by 1 of 2 ways.
Wisdom or Consequence.
We learn by consequence when we make a mistake and a bad consequence happens and they learn from the hurt they experience.
But a wise person learns by watching others make mistakes and suffer the consequences and the wise person takes notes and himself avoids making the same mistake. Thus he learns without having to suffer the consequences himself.
That, is wisdom.
Choose to be wise.