Wednesday’s Word

 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left (Ecclesiastes 10:2).

Solomon has stated earlier that both the wise and the fool end up in the same way: they both die. His conclusion was: since the wise and the fool both die, all of life is vanity. Solomon’s reasoning was wrong, therefore his conclusion was wrong. 

In this text, Solomon shows a contrast which God often uses throughout His word. The right hand and the left hand are often used in contrast, as are good and evil; light and dark; godly and ungodly; righteous and unrighteous. The right hand is often shown as strength and power, while the left hand would be understood as representing the opposite.

The wise man’s heart is used in speaking of his knowledge, wisdom, understanding and fortitude. The true wise man: the man who faithfully serves God, has knowledge of God; uses His wisdom toward God and gains a deeper understanding of God. 

In contrast to the wise, the fool has very little knowledge of God, fails to use wisdom toward God and therefore cannot gain understanding of God. The fool starves spiritually, while the bread of life is bountifully presented to him; the fool walks away from the source of life and wonders why he grows weaker; the fool rejects the wisdom of God and questions why God would consider him a fool.

Being wise does not mean that you know everything, but it does mean that you know the One who knows everything. Being wise does not mean that you have all the answers, but it does mean that you know the One who has all the answers. Being wise does not mean that you are perfect, but it does mean that you know the One who can make you perfect. 

Choose today to be numbered with the wise.