And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
According to 1 Kings 10:23, Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. Yet after all that Solomon did, acquired and knew, his great conclusion about life was, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
Solomon discovered that in much wisdom is much grief and he discovered that when you increase knowledge, you increase sorrow. There was nothing wrong with the wisdom and knowledge that Solomon possessed but along with that came much grief and increased sorrow.
Why is it that much wisdom and increased knowledge is accompanied by much grief and increased sorrow?
A big part of that answer is because when I have much wisdom and increased knowledge then I see clearly why those around me and those that I come into contact with are missing the mark and walking through life in a more unhappy, unsatisfied and unfulfilled way than they need to. When you have much wisdom and increased knowledge you see how our choices and our own lack of development within ourselves is the root cause of unhappiness in this world. Oh what grief and sorrow when we understand what we are missing in life is the result of our inward choices and not because there is some great cosmic plot against us!
Most assuredly hard and austere times are a part of life on this planet but that doesn’t have to affect who I am inside and it doesn’t have to destroy my relationship with Jesus Christ.
Much wisdom and increased knowledge brings much grief and increased sorrow but that should lead us to conclude that happiness and fulfillment in life comes down to one thing, ““Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.