Main Truth: “The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.” Ecclesiastes 1:18
Have you ever heard the saying, “with great wisdom, comes great responsibility?” This is the theme found in Ecclesiastes 1. But what is the great responsibility? When we gain wisdom, we become burdened with a sense of a greater good beyond our self. Herein, great wisdom requires great responsibility, as a good steward for God not self.
It’s safe to say, the more we grow in knowledge, whether spiritually or worldly, the more we know the depths of humanity. We find out humans are complex, selfish beings. As Solomon says, “The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow,” Ecclesiastes 1:18.
Seems depressing doesn’t it? At first, yes. But, if we let it, this fact can break our hearts and lead us to God. Without God, wisdom is pursuit of self. With God, wisdom is the pursuit of Him. God wants your wisdom to grow. More importantly, He wants your wisdom to grow with the maturity in knowing and seeking Him. This is through time, constant conversation with Him, faith and obedience.
I believe this is why from the beginning, God commands Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:16). The enemy hit the achilles heal when he enticed Eve to disobey...he hit on the desire of wanting more. It happened to Eve and it happens to us, when we take our eyes of all the yeses God gives us and focus on the small amount of no’s.
“The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her…” Genesis 3:6a.
Just like my immature 10 year old daughter cannot handle the wisdom and knowledge of a thirty-six year old parent, neither could Adam and Eve, you or me for that matter, handle the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
When we pursue wisdom, God will give it. When He gives it, it needs to coincide with obedience and faith. It requires dying to our sinful desires to seek self, and instead pursue God.
"We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. " Romans 6:6
Post written by: Samantha DeLeon Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, married to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 school-aged children.