In all of these various proverbs in Ecclesiastes 7, Solomon teaches us to look at life from the right perspective. He ends by restating the value of wisdom and the advantages it brings to the one who has it. In what way is wisdom an advantage? For starters, the Preacher says that wisdom is good like an inheritance. He says that wisdom serves as an insurance against the challenges we face in life, much like money in the bank is helpful when an unforeseen bill comes due. And then, notice that Solomon says that wisdom preserves the life of the one who has it. The word ‘preserves’ means to be made and kept alive.
Have you ever heard the expression, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” That’s not a true statement. For instance, what if you don’t know that water is a conductor of electricity, and you decide to shower and curl your hair at the same time. Your hair will be curled, all right. What you don’t know can kill you. Wisdom is protection for the soul. As Solomon already shown, it helps us grapple with the reality of death. It guards us against saying what we ought not when we hurt. It helps us consider the end of a matter more than the beginning.
The wisdom of God is ours to possess as believers! 1 Corinthians 1:30 says that Jesus has become our wisdom from God. To know Jesus Christ personally is to possess the wisdom of God personally because He has become to us wisdom from God. Jesus Christ is the wisdom that saves our souls! Because of His death and resurrection, He is able to give us a better name than the one we could ever achieve for ourselves. He is the One who makes the day of my death better than the day of my birth because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. He is the wisdom that preserves my soul and guards my steps. It’s only because of Him that the end of a thing is better than the beginning. Yes, Jesus is wisdom for the One who trusts in Him.
For more, read Ecclesiastes 7:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-30