Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me. There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom.
The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding sees through him.
Riches invite dissatisfaction.* Dissatisfaction invites emptiness. Emptiness invites longing. Longing invites lust. Lust invites greed. Greed invites pride. Pride invites narcissism. Narcissism invites myopia.** Myopia invites blindness. Blindness invites a fall. It's hard to showcase wisdom in a pit.
Simplicity invites satisfaction.*** Satisfaction invites fullness. Fullness invites generosity. Generosity invites love. Love invites God. God invites humility. Humility invites selflessness. Selflessness invites vision. Vision invites wisdom. Wisdom invites elevation. Poor people carry wisdom to the world.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: wisdom comes in two different forms. Take a moment to consider them:
'Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy' (James 3:13-17).
When people empty themselves of worldly passions (like Jesus did), then God's Spirit and His wisdom come in to make their home with them.
To Be Continued...
* 'Whoever loves money never has enough' (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
** Physically, myopia is nearsightedness. Spiritually, it is 'lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness' (Random House online dictionary): http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/myopia?s=t
*** 'Now godliness with contentment is great gain' (1 Timothy 6:6). 'I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content' (Philippians 4:11).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.