Ecclesiastes 9: Being Average
I like the fact that Ecclesiastes 9 ends with a kind of parable.
Ecc 9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
Ecc 9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
Ecc 9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
Ecc 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
Ecc 9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
Ecc 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
I think most of us have probably lived through something like this. We had a great idea that made a big difference. Maybe we haven’t literally saved a city, but we have all done something at some point that made a difference for someone.
However, I assume that most of people who are going to be reading this are pretty normal people. I doubt I have any international power players among my readership. If you are just an average person, even though you might do something great, you fade back into the shadows. That is the end of verse 15, and experientially, we know it is true. You hear about it on the news. Someone is a hero and saves the life of another person. Perhaps he or she even displayed a great deal of wisdom in figuring out how to save that person. After a day or two, that story is old news, and the average person goes back to being an average person.
That’s verse 17. Those of us who are average do things quietly, but we that doesn’t mean we are not important. God uses people who work in quiet to do great things. He has given us all abilities, and we are all supposed to use them. It is interesting how some people become famous while others do not, but when we use the wisdom that God has given us, we can do great things.