- Ecclesiastes 1:1-4:16
“For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” –Ecclesiastes 1:18, ESV
Do you long for wisdom? Solomon forewarns that wisdom comes with sorrow. Partners, these realities have what researchers call a positive correlation: as one increases so does the other. Parents: imagine how your perspective changed on car safety once you had kids. Children brought a deeper understanding of safety importance than you had prior to being responsible for carrying this small being through the dangerous streets. Or someone with a finance degree understands the complexity of the markets, and the difficulty in making economic policies far more than one who only holds a cursory understanding. For with wisdom comes an understanding of the inner workings, the deep issues of a situation, bringing a deeper level of struggle.
We seek wisdom and forget that it comes with sorrow. We seek marriage relationships and forget it comes with two different people learning to live together for the rest of their lives. We seek children and forget they come with decades of repeatedly sleepless nights.
Count your blessings. Pray for your heart’s desire. Simply remember that they come with their challenges.