In these contemporary times in which the need for survival has become paramount in the midst of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the search for wisdom in order to survive and live well without suffering is on the increase and I deemed it necessary to share these wisdom pieces which I discovered when I was reading through the Bible, that have inspired me with the needed wisdom to survive and keep going. Please, as you read, know that all the scriptures here are paraphrased by me with reference to any particular version.
Tablet 1: Taking Your Chances Any Time (Ecclesiastes 9:11 and 11:4)
It says, and I saw under the Sun that the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or faviour to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to them all. The chapter 11:4 also states that the one who watches the wind will not sow and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap. Just take your chance and you will succeed.
Tablet 2: Invest and Share (Ecclesiastes 11:1-3)
The Bible indicates that cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days, you may find it. It further stresses that give a portion to seven or even to eight, for you do not know what disaster may happen on the earth. It continues to say that if the clouds are full, they will pour out rain on the earth and whether a tree falls to the South or to the North, the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. Investing for the future is one the best things to do. You can either choose to invest in people through sharing what you have with the poor, the marginalized or with society or venture into the financial market. Whichever way you choose to invest, where a tree falls, there it will lie.
Tablet 3: Obtain Wealth Honestly for Light shines on Honest Wealth Obtained (Proverbs 13: 9 and 11)
According to Proverbs Chapter 13 verse 11, Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labour will have it multiplied and further cautions that the light of the righteous shines brightly but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished. So, strive earnestly and honestly in your path of wealth creation and it will never dwindle.
Tablet 4: Never Ignore Good Instructions (Proverbs 13:18 and 15:22, 31)
This tablet of wisdom among others you are yet to discover as you read further down is one of the striking tablets of wisdom I love so much and it says, poverty and disgrace come to those who ignore instructions, but the one who accepts rebuke will be honoured. It further adds that plans fail when there is no counsel but with many advisors, they succeed. Chapter 15 verse 31 has it that anyone who ignores instructions, despises himself, but whoever listens to correction acquire good sense. Please, never trade this for anything.
Tablet 5: Unfollow a Fool (Proverbs 14: 12 and Prov. 13: 20)
Just try and make a list of the people you follow and read Proverbs 14:12. The Bible has something there for you and it says stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech. The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
Tablet 6: Trust and Fear the Lord (Proverbs 14:27, Prov. 16:1-3)
Never forget to always respect and fear the Lord. The Bible puts it correctly thus; the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people from the snare of death. And the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected. Also, know that a man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps (Prov.16:7). The reflections of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord (Prov.16: 1) and a man’s heart plans his ways, but the Lord determines his steps. As a result, learn to commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved Prov. 16: 3.
Tablet 7: Use your Tongue Wisely and Open your Mouth with Wisdom
Many have been condemned and even put into prison for sheer ignorance of the correct use of their tongues. This has brought a lot of curses to them while others who have discovered the wisdom associated with the use of the tongue, have enjoyed its fruits. A person’s wisdom is discovered basically from his actions and utterances.
The following verses from the Bible put it correctly thus; the proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline, but the lips of the wise protect them (Prov. 14:3). The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit (Prov. 15:4). The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things (Prov. 15:28). Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent and discerning when he seals his lips (Prov. 17: 28). The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, and a fountain of wisdom (Prov. 18:4). From the fruit of his lips a man’s stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips (Prov. 18:20). Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits (Prov. 18:21). Consider the above statements paraphrased, carefully and apply them.
Super Tablet 8: Live and live Purposefully (Philippians 4:8)
Finally, brothers and sister, there are certain things in life which we must strive to achieve as human beings as can be seen in the ensuing expressions; whatsoever thing is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, whatever is of good report, if there is any moral excellence and praise worthy thing, never let them pass you by, for when all has been heard, the conclusion of the whole matter is; fear God and keep His Commands for this is for all humanity and God will bring every act to judgment including every hidden thing that is whether good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)