What Does Ecclesiastes 9:18 Mean?

Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

Ecclesiastes 9:18(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

In much of his writings we see Solomon discussing inanimate objects and abstract concepts, as if they were a real people, to be pursued or avoided - and often they are identified as being of the feminine gender. Likewise, we often find him using similes, metaphors and contrasts, which help to deepen our understanding of Solomon's precepts and principles.

Folly and Foolishness is often personified as an unwholesome prostitute, who will lead a gullible man astray, and cause him to fall into poverty, deep distress, immorality and even death.. whereas Wisdom and Understanding is frequently portrayed as a virtuous woman, who offers wealth, prosperity, success and a profitable life.

The value and importance of wisdom, in the life of a believer, runs like a silken thread through much of Scripture. In this verse, Solomon teaches that wisdom is better than weapons of warfare, but one sinner can destroy a lot of good.

In this verse, we discover a contrast between the benefits that can be gained through applying godly wisdom and the destruction that can be perpetrated by the foolish actions of one single sinner.

A poor man's wisdom, which comes through faith in God, has been proven to be of greater value and significance than the great military might of a powerful king, and his well-equipped army - for when applying godly wisdom, a city can be saved from destruction, and the people delivered from disaster. Weapons of war bring with them devastation and ruin, while well-applied wisdom from above, can avert terrible disaster, and produce a truly advantageous outcome.

One foolish sinner, however can wreak much havoc and devastation, by his foolish actions and careless decisions. He can frustrate the best laid plans of the wise, squander vital resources and cause the total downfall of a once-great nation, through his folly and foolishness.

The benefits that a city or nation can experience, when wisdom is the strategic instrument used to prevent clashes, or pacify an uprising between opposing forces, cannot be overstated. And in like manner, applying the wisdom of God, in every area of our life, is far superior than adopting worldly strategies, to overcome the evil one.

Applying the world's strategies in the spiritual battle, in which we are engaged, will only result in failure - for the weapons of OUR warfare are not carnal, but spiritual. The weapons of a believer's warfare are rooted and grounded in Christ, alone, and become increasingly effective as we stand on the promises of God, heed His instructions and abide in our position in Christ - for He is our wisdom and in Him we gain victory.

God Himself, gave us a valuable lesson through the cross of Christ, where the wisdom of God was thrillingly triumphant over the infernal weapons of the enemy.. for had the satanic principalities and power known the victory, that would be wrought through Calvary, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, endow me with wisdom and discernment from on high, I pray, for I know that the spiritual battle in which we are engaged, will not be victorious through the man's skills and the strategies of this fallen world system - but are only supplied by grace - through trusting You, and standing firm on the Word of God. Thank You that in Him we have all we need for life and godliness, and thank You for the spiritual armour, which has been provided for our protection. Father I know that the battle is the Lord's and I desire to carry out Your plans and purposes for my life. Give me the wisdom I need to stand firm in this evil day and help me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, and my heart ready to obey Your call - this I ask in His precious name, AMEN.

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