June 2, 2021
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. Ecclesiastes 1:18 ESV
While there is much debate over whether Solomon is the author, scholars agree that the writer of Ecclesiastes captures the candid reflections of Solomon in old age. As such, much of what he has written appears to retract earlier teachings from Proverbs. The above verse is a perfect example. Seemingly, Solomon recants his repeated exhortations to his son to pursue wisdom. But the issue for Solomon is the extent of our pursuit. Like any other aspect of life, there needs to be a healthy balance. Otherwise, our obsessive searches for meaning will distract us from the joy of the present moment and lead us to much sorrow and despair. But if we seek wisdom as a means of deepening our knowledge of its source (Christ), then it will serve us well, and we will enjoy the simple pleasures of life along the way.
Father God, help us to seek your Son in our pursuit of knowledge and wisdom with the understanding that true meaning and purpose can only be found in him. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling