Ecclesiastes 9:18 – “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.”
It can be demonstrated with ease that one sinner destroys much good (David’s sinful census led to the death of 70,000 people, 1 Chronicles 21:14; Achan’s sin, his disobedience and greed, led not only to the military defeat of Israel at Ai but eventually to the destruction of himself and his family, Joshua 7). It is, however, not as easily demonstrated that wisdom is better than weapons of war. Post-Hiroshima it is easier to think that the way to get things done in this world is to do so with the aid of the latest and greatest weaponry.
Well, for starters, if you fight with weapons of war (the sword), you do not truly have protection, for it is well known that weapons of war can be brought against you too (Matthew 26:52). Pagan history is exactly this–an endless circle of self-glory seekers dropping bombs on one another.
Christian history revolutionized pagan history. Christianity changed the world when it listened to Lady Wisdom, who said “Fear God, not man”. Christians listened to Lady Wisdom, and as a result, they broke the cycle of pagan history with obedience to God; that is, by caring for orphans, widows, and everybody else with zero utility within the death-cycle of paganism (And who were those with no utility–they were infants, women, the elderly, the handicapped, the ill, etc).
God tells us that if you have wisdom, that is, if you love Lady Wisdom, then “she will keep you” and “she will guard you” (Proverbs 4:5-6). Guess what…the latest and greatest weaponry doesn’t stand a chance against Lady Wisdom.
And how do we know that Lady Wisdom will prevail? Because we’re told that the Kingdom of God has come, and that it is transforming the glory of this world into an even greater glory. As the fall-out of wisdom (not bombs) covers the land, peace shall pour forth from Mount Calvary and flow downhill to each of the four corners of the earth, and as a result the sucking child will play on the hole of the asp (Isaiah 11:8).
That is a really good reason for why Wisdom is better than weapons of war.
Do you want to break the pagan cycles of today? Then do so, by listening to Lady Wisdom–for she is better than the weapons of war. Listen to Lady Wisdom and obey God.