Ecclesiastes 9:13–18 (NKJV)
13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 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.
16 Then I said:
“Wisdom is better than strength.
Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised,
And his words are not heard.
17 Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard
Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war;
But one sinner destroys much good.”
Solomon recounts a story of a small city besieged by a great king that was saved by a poor wise man. The sad result, though, is that the man was soon forgotten. This led the Preacher to conclude that wisdom is better than strength, but that people soon forget the wise and his words. Instead of this, the wise should be heard and the rulers of fools should be ignored.
This story and Solomon’s interpretation speak to our situation today. Although the United States is a short-lived country, only being officially a nation for less than 250 years. Some European nations have been in existence for thousands of years. The US is a young nation. Yet, even in our short history, our country has forgotten its roots and its saving graces from a few hundred years ago. The establishment of our country on Christian principles and religious freedom is being attacked. The reverence for Christianity and the Christian Savior, Jesus, has eroded. The almost violent push for the acceptance of sinful activities and lifestyles has made the voice of the poor wise man less popular, and the rulers of fools is on the news every night. We need to listen to the voice of the wise and live the life of Christ. That is the way to be saved from our enemies!