One night I was playing Killer Bean on my Fire Tablet and I got to a very difficult level. I seemed to lose all my lives at the same point in the course of playing that level. Now, if you are familiar with Gaming apps, you will observe that you can make in-app purchases. So I was tempted to obtain some new weapons in hopes that I will successfully go through the level but upon second thought, I took a raincheck.
I went on to play again. This time, I was more tactical and strategic about my approach in killing the enemies, using elements of stealth and rapid fire. In doing so, I managed to sail through my current level to the next level, without acquiring any additional weapons. Then, this verse became evident to me: “Wisdom is better than weapons of war:…” (Ecclesiastes 9:18).
Ah! Come to think of it: Joshua was getting ready to lead an entire nation into the Promised Land. There were treacherous enemy strongholds that needed conquering. Surely, this young man needed all the help he could get! Swords. Arrows. Bows. Crossbows. Catapults. Men. But one day, God drew his attention to the single most important thing that would set His life on a course of perpetual victory. It was the ultimate battle plan! He said to Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth but you shall meditate therein day and night…” (Joshua 1:8). The Word of God was what Joshua required.
Wisdom is indeed better than weapons of war. What I needed in my quest to move to the next level was wisdom, not more weapons. It would have been a great advantage to obtain more weapons, for they would serve to vanquish the enemies quicker. But even better was to have the wisdom to use the weapons skilfully.
How often we look for more appendages to progress to the next stage, when all we require is wisdom! No wonder the Word says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom…” (Proverbs 4:7). If you are looking forward to advancing in your course, remember that wisdom is better than weapons of war. Wisdom will put you over! Wisdom will teach how to skilfully manage your resources including money, time and relationships. Wisdom will lead you in the way you should go! Treasure wisdom above all else!
Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence and to think on things which are true, lovely, pure and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).