temporary advantage


December 2015 (28)Ecclesiastes 2:13-16

13 And I realized that there is an advantage in being wise over being a fool, just like there is an advantage in being in the light over being in darkness. 14 The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. Yet I also understood that the same fate happens to all of them. 15 So I said in my heart, “What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise?” And I said in my heart that this also is impermanent. 16 Because of the wise as of the fool there is no enduring legacy, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. Watch how the wise dies just like the fool!

temporary advantage

Solomon is not recanting his philosophy of wisdom, shown so well in his contrasts of the wise and the foolish in Proverbs.[1] No, he is saying that there is a definite advantage to being wise over against being a fool. Wise people follow the light, and so avoid all kinds of trouble and danger. The fool stumbles in darkness.

But this advantage is only temporary, because eventually the wise and the fool meet at the grave. Death claims both. The darkness of death awaits us all.

This is a message to all of us who have worked hard at keeping our lives under control. Our mortality is not something that we can handle. We cannot prevent our deaths, nor can we raise ourselves from the dead. We need a Saviour.

LORD, thank you for the light of wisdom from your word to guide our lives. Thank you for the promise of resurrection life your word contains. Thank you for your grace, and the death of Christ which makes that resurrection possible.

[1] Proverbs 10:8, 14; 11:29; 12:15; 14:3, 16; 29:9, 11.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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