December 20 2016 – Don’t forget the poor wise man !

Ecclesiastes 9:14-15 says:

14 There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.

In several ways I think these two verses describe our position and experience as Christians.

Compared to the enemy we are up against we are like a little city with few men in it, we are small and weak. Satan, the enemy who comes against us, in comparison to our strength is a “great king” and he builds “great snares” against us, traps, through his lies and deceptions.

In us is the Holy Spirit who in a sense is like the poor wise man described in these verses, in that his demeanor and methods are not “flashy” and “splashy”. To human thinking they are rather poor and weak in their quietness and simplicity, calling us in child like faith, to lean and depend on His strength. Yet He offers us the only wisdom and strength that will truly “deliver the city”, deliver us from Satan and the sin he tries to entrap us with.

The verses say that the poor wise man was not remembered by anyone. Similarly, the only trouble with the Holy Spirit is that He is so quiet, unassuming and gentle that if we are not careful to intentionally nurture our relationship with Him and listen carefully for His quiet voice, He can easily and quickly be forgotten in our lives

Don’t forget the poor wise man !

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