It is easy to say one is wise. The standard set before us by our enemies (our sin, the world, the devil) is low enough to reach without much demand on our part. But here, on chapter 8, Solomon provides the two markers of true wisdom. Can you see them in your life?
I am old.
And I want to believe I am getting wiser, as time passes by. Often I see evidence of that wisdom. In other occasions, my actions inform me how far I am from real wisdom; despite all the things I have gone through, I remain prideful, ignorant, and stubborn.
It’s not easy to gain real wisdom.
Even when, by our enemies’ standards, to wise up is not such a demanding task. According to them, we must just put ourselves at the center of everything, and then we can engage with the here & now, with our idea of what the good life is like firmly cemented in us.
Solomon continues exploring the idea of wisdom, in chapter eight. Here, he unpacks the theme he developed in the previous chapter, and gives us two markers, two characteristics of what is wisdom in action.
Then, wisdom is:
- To know the proper time and the just way (v.5).
- To acknowledge our limitations (v.16-17)
We could say that wisdom is humility put into practice: we are called to engage in this life, pursuing mercy and justice, always according to the Beauty of the Triune God of the Universe, which He has reveled in truth and reality.
He is in charge and we are not.
How do we know we are being wise in the way described by the Preacher? Look at your own heart! I would proposed this kind of wisdom gives us peace, freedom, and a deeper desire to comfort others so that they may see His Beauty, also.
Amados, let me tell you, this is not – at all – a bad way to live this life.
What examples of this kind of wisdom do you see coming out of your own heart? What of the two characteristics of wisdom mentioned above is the more difficult, for you?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.