THE FOLLY OF THE WISE
Memorise: And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. Ecclesiastes 1:13; Read: 1 Corinthians 1:17-24; Bible in one year: Mark 12:41-14:42; Job 20:20-29
Today’s Bible reading reveals that there are many kinds of wisdom. All types of wisdom except the wisdom of God are grossly inadequate and limited in their ability to deal with life situations as it relates to the created universe. For King Solomon, all types of wisdom were the same. Many like him find it difficult to differentiate between the different kinds of wisdom. This is why Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1:13 gave his heart to seek and search out by wisdom all things that are done under heaven and came to the wrong conclusion that it is a sore travail deliberately programmed into the human life by God himself. God loves us much and he would not programme vain and futile exercises into the life of His children.
Solomon proceeded with his research and by the time he got to Ecclesiastes 7:29, he arrived at another conclusion; this time it was the right conclusion. He said:
“Lo, this only have I found that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”
So God did not deliberately programme sickness, sorrow, failure, confusion and war into the life of His children at all. It was in the process of seeking many inventions that so many evils that we did not bargain for entered into human life. In the first place, God did not give wisdom to human beings so that they can redefine, redesign, correct or improve on His work. His work is perfect and all His ways are just. Any attempt by man to correct or improve on God’s work is tantamount to arrogance against the Almighty, and it is bound to end in futility. Furthermore, the Bible in Ecclesiastes 3:14 says,
“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.”
This time, Solomon speaks with much confidence and assurance that he knows whatsoever God does shall be forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing take from it. He concluded here that the work of a perfect God does not need correction; that everything He did is free from error and that those things that seem to us like error are deliberate designs because known unto God are all his works from eternity to eternity. HALLELUJAH!
Father, please don’t let me become wise in my own eyes and don’t let me become arrogant against you.