by Stephen Whitney

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Wisdom's Benefit (24 of 40)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Stephen Whitney
Ecclesiastes 7:11-14

On Sunday July 15, 2007 Cody Cavender and three friends were rafting on the Wenatchee River when their raft tipped over as they paddled down the quarter-mile stretch of class 5 rapids in the dangerous Tumwater Canyon. Three of the rafters managed
to swim to shore but Cody became trapped in the white water.

Cody struggled to keep his head above the rapids after he and his three friends fell into dangerous water. He became exhausted from fighting the currents that kept pushing him under the water, but he was able to climb up and rest on a large boulder in the middle of the rapids.

A white-water rescue crew took about 30 minutes to get out to him with a rope which he tied around himself and then leaped back into the rapids so he could be pulled on to shore. After he was rescued Cody, 26, from Yakima said, "It was pretty crazy. It was one of those times when think, well this is it. I'm pretty sure I was in shock because I was going in and out of consciousness for the
first couple of minutes."

One of the rescuers, Chris Totten said, "These types of incidents occur at least twice a year. Two people died last year in the Tumwater Canyon rapids. People don't know the river."

Zack Lessig one of the rafters who was able to swim to shore said they had no idea the rapids were going to be that rough. "It kind of treats you like a rag doll." The rapids forced him under the water,
only letting him up for small gasps of air as he swam to shore.
"I prayed, Lord save us from our foolishness," he said.

Wisdom is important so you don't make foolish mistakes that could cost you your life, but it is also important to live a godly life.

Wisdom protects us from making mistakes which would dishonor God and it provides us with God's perspective about life itself.

Practical Insight :11
Wisdom is as good as an inheritanc ...

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