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Searching for Wisdom View video
Ecclesiastes 1:12 - 1:18
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 heaven. 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 twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
16. I said to myself, "Look, I have grown and 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.
Reflection
Knowledge Is Futile (1:12–15)
We live in a time when knowledge and information abound like never before. At our fingertips and at any moment, we have access to virtually anything we want to know, and more of what used to be unknown is being discovered every day. Living in the information age certainly has its benefits, but as the Teacher realized through his years of learning, the worldly pursuit of knowledge and wisdom cannot bring true satisfaction. In fact, knowledge can even become a burden as we discover all that is evil and lacking in this world. Scientific investigation and philosophical contemplation will only get us so far. The insights they offer do not even come close to the spiritual truth found only in God’s Word.

More Knowledge, More Problems (1:16–18)
The Teacher shares about his firsthand knowledge of what it means to have a passion for learning and the ability to grasp the mysteries of the world. Yet, he concludes that this pursuit is as meaningless as chasing after the wind. Knowledge, in the end, does not produce happiness; it only creates more problems that cannot be solved and more grief to those who try to solve them. We can see this truth playing out clearly in the world today. Opposing ideologies lead to much political strife and technological innovations fuel greed and corruption. Knowledge is a good thing but the sinful human heart often misuses and distorts it to steer people further away from the only knowledge that really matters—the knowledge of God.
Application
- What questions are burdening your heart these days? How will you seek the answers?

- In what ways have you seen the overabundance of information and technological advancement lead to more problems in society? What lies at the core of these problems?
A Letter to God
Lord Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life! Apart from You, there are no answers that are worth knowing. Help me to know You and grow in godly wisdom. In Your name, amen.












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