Wisdom or wind?

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted. I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind. For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. 

Have you ever felt like the more you know the more frustrated you become? It’s amazing how we can cram so much information into our heads only to remain unfulfilled. There’s always something that we still don’t know. Even the wisest man the world has ever seen (apart from Jesus, of course) couldn’t find satisfaction from obtaining wisdom and knowledge. Solomon spent his life chasing after wisdom, only to equate it to striving after wind.

You can’t hold on to knowledge any more than you can hold on to wind, so it’s not worth devoting our lives to it. Knowledge isn’t a bad thing. It’s not a sinful desire. Wisdom is a noble pursuit, if put in its rightful place, but it’s a lousy idol in the place of God. We can seek godly wisdom, with the intention of growing closer in relationship to God and becoming more like His Son, and that’s really worthwhile. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge, though, that’s hollow.

Dedicate your life to knowing everything and you’ll fail. Seek the wisdom of God and find His satisfaction. Wisdom will follow.

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