This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed great to me: 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. 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. Then I said: “Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.” (Ecclesiastes 9:13-18)
A Little City With A Little Man
The age of superheroes is not new. Goliath was a massive killing machine that brought men to their knees by his size and power. Facing a ruddy youth one day with five smooth stones the champion of the Philistines was felled in one stroke. Wisdom, faith and courage destroyed the might of the enemy. Solomon examines the plight of a small city that is overwhelmed by the forces of a great king. There is no hope against such an opposing force of strength, might and power. What could a small city do against such odds? There was no hope. Defeat was certain. But then from the unknown quarters of the poor comes a man who has no great army to offer or physical might to champion the cause. His only offerings are words of wisdom. Seemingly with nothing to lose the city follows the advice of the poor man finding deliverance as the mighty king retreats in defeat. Because he is a poor man no rewards are given and he is once again forgotten. The city gives no honor to a poor man.
Life is not so different in our world today. Great men of finance rise to become stallions of commerce. Athletes are heralded for their physical prowess. Actors and movie stars are worshipped as gods. The world wants their heroes to look the part and be the part. Common men of simple wisdom are seldom heard. Commonsense is a commodity seldom embraced. Learning and wisdom are despised. The desires of the flesh drive the libidos of man to crave the foolish pursuits of pleasure. This pattern is repeated in every generation. Wisdom is belittled as the word of God is thrown aside for the dogmas of man’s earthly desires.
The Bible has remained unchanged since the first documenting of its wisdom on animal skins. Through the ages the Lord has shown His will to men in written form as we now have revealed in the book called the Bible. Sixty-six books within a book making a pattern of complete wisdom greater than any man could ever write. It should be called “The Book of Wisdom” because it reveals the mind of God to man. Nothing compares to the depths of its message. All that man can do will never change the word of God. Like the poor man in the small city it is seldom considered. Remarkably in times of great crisis men turn to the Bible for help. Did you notice after 9-11 the resurgence of those seeking comfort in the Bible? Those days quickly faded into history and the world has regained its footing in pleasure.
Solomon declared long ago the measure of greatness is not found in the strength of men but the word of God. Within the church of the Lord saints rise in wisdom to live complete lives of happiness and security as they follow the teaching of the Creator. There can be no greater wisdom than what is contained within the pages of the Bible. One man with the word of God is a majority. It matters not whether he is of any stature in the world of men. One man with the word of God will have greater power over life than any pitiful attempt by a thousand mighty men. A little city with a little man. Be that man.
When God lights the soul with wisdom, it floods the faculties, and that man knows more than ever could be taught him. (Meister Eckhart; 1260-1328)