Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom [is] profitable to direct
The Wisdom to Direct
This means that if you want to cut anything for example meat and the iron you have is blunt then you must use more strength. So the sharper the edge of that iron the lesser the strength you use to cut to get what you need. Put that in our daily experiences, the reason why people labour too much and use much strength and receive little is because the iron is blunt. The Bible says if it’s not whet you will require more strength. So there are two things, you either sharpen your iron and cut with precision and speed and are quickened in everything that you are doing or you take longer. Then the bible says that wisdom is profitable to direct. The word there for “directing” is to proceed to success, to execute quicker. In other words there is a necessity to succeed. Wisdom is a precision. The reason why many Christians are slowed is wisdom. That is why the Bible says that Ephraim is an unwise son for he tarries longer in a place where men ought to give birth.
Hosea 13:12-13 says; The iniquity of Ephraim [is] bound up; his sin [is] hid. The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he [is] an unwise son; for he should not stay long in [the place of] the breaking forth of children. It means that he is not supposed to delay where they produce and because of that the Bible calls him an unwise son. If he had wisdom when he reached the place of bringing forth, he would bring forth quicker.
You Make Your Way
I have seen a laxity in the Christian faith where people give excuses for failing because we have learnt how to do so. I saw a taxi with an inscription saying “we would have worked but because of those ones…”. He didn’t specify who but he said ‘those ones’. I will tell you the truth; when you mature in faith the first thing that you learn is taking responsibility for your life. You might not be responsible for the family you were raised in, for the situations you are going through, who gave you a job and who didn’t, who gave you an audience and who didn’t, who stepped on you and who didn’t. But you are responsible for your next step in life. Why? Because Joshua 1:8 says, This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Whether there is somebody standing in your way or not, whether there is somebody who wants it or not, whether there is somebody who loves you that way or not, whether there is somebody to support you there or not, whether the whole world is fighting you or not, God said, ‘then shall ye have good success and make your prosperous’. You make your way.
Wisdom Makes the Difference
Now the man lacks wisdom so the iron is blunt because wisdom in itself is the entity needed to sharpen the iron. Because he doesn’t have the mind to sharpen the iron, it is blunt and he has to use more energy. This is the reason why somebody takes twenty years to do what takes another two days. It’s okay if they are not Born Again but it’s not okay if you are Born Again. God wants better for you. This world is too big for each one of us to fulfill our dreams. Each one of us can have a share in this and all be a success in what God has called us to do.
What is the difference between a man who makes 24 million in 3 hours and one who makes it in 40 years? WISDOM. That is why the bible says in Proverbs 3:13-15 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences], For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold. Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. (AMP). In verse 15, the message version says, Her value exceeds all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her (MSG). Proverbs 3:16-18; Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast (AMP).
You cannot carry wisdom and worry about life or money. With it, you will live long.