In the twilight of his life, King Solomon of Israel reflected on his own personal quest to know the mysteries of life and find satisfaction under the sun. And yet he says that trying to find the meaning of life was like chasing the wind. By the time we get to the end of chapter 8, we find him still struggling with many of the same questions. In the last couple of verses, he sounds like a frustrated philosopher.
Solomon has explained how wisdom is essential for navigating life’s challenges. In order to live with understanding in God’s world, you and I need God’s wisdom. However, it also recognizes that there are some things that we will never know. Life is full of mystery. The wisdom that God supplies doesn’t come in the form of an explanation. Rather, God’s wisdom comes to us in the form of His promise that is based on His character.