Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Increased Knowledge Increases Sorrow

The author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Ecc 1;18).

Our expectations are often unrealistic. We have the sense if we can solve a particular issue then life will be peaceful. We search for the time when there will be no more struggles for us, everything will come easily and we can relax. We are like the rich man who decided to build barns for his wealth and sit back and take it easy. The problem was that night he would die and all his riches would be left for others (Luke 12:15-21).

The longer we live the more we realize there will always be a problem to overcome and situation to resolve. The thought of that can depress us until we realize, for the believer, unprofitable circumstances do not exist. Every situation in our life will resolve to the glory of God (Ephesians 1:11-12).

Therein lies our hope.