As we continue our readings in Ecclesiastes, we get some background regarding its author’s point of view. He has achieved both power and knowledge, both of which we would assume might lead to happiness, but for the teacher, it is not so. The last line, “the more knowledge, the more grief,” is often my reaction after I listen to the news.
Ecclesiastes Chapter 1:12-18
12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;
what is lacking cannot be counted.
16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.
Prayer (from “Knowing Jesus”)
Dear Father God, the world is becoming so evil and cruel, and there are so many difficulties and dangers we are having to face.. and life is becoming so burdensome at times, that I find myself falling into despair – for fear of what is happening in the world today
Please look down on me and my loved ones. Bless us and protect us I pray. Pour out Your unconditional love on us all.. and fill our hearts with Your perfect peace and amazing grace.
Help me to hold on tightly to Your precious promises and help us all to be strong and very courageous. Thank You that You are the Lord our God – Who goes before us and behind us and promises to be with us and to take away all our problems and heavy burdens.
Thank You that You have promised to be with us always – even to the end of the age. Thank You that You have given us an assurance that You will NEVER ever leave us nor forsake us. Keep me I pray from falling into the trap of despair, for I know that there is nothing to be gained by it – but rather help us not to fear or be dismayed, but to trust You in all things – this I ask in Jesus name,