Read Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:17-18
When Adam and Eve sinned, they did get an experiential knowledge of good and evil, but since they were alienated from God, this knowledge only added to their sorrow. It has been that way with people ever since. Whether it is jet planes, insecticides, or television, each advance in human knowledge and achievement only creates a new set of problems for society.
For some people, life may be monotonous and meaningless; but it does not have to be. For Christians, life is an open door, not a closed circle; there are daily experiences of new blessings from the Lord. True, we can't explain everything; but life is not built on explanations: It is built on promises--and we have plenty of promises in God's Word!
The scientist tells us that the world is a closed system, and nothing is changed. The historian tells us that life is a closed book, and nothing is new. The philosopher tells us that life is a deep problem, and nothing is understood.
But Jesus Christ is "the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Cor. 1:24), and He has miraculously broken into history to bring new life to all who trust Him. If you are living in circles, then turn your life over to Him.
Applying God's Truth:
Do you think Solomon's observation that "the more knowledge, the more grief" is the same as declaring that ignorance is bliss? Why?
Do you agree that "with much wisdom comes much sorrow"? Give some specific examples to support your answer.
In what ways do you feel you may be living in circles?
Devotions for Contentment and Wisdom ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.