Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

One of the ironies of getting older is that you become more and more amazed by what you don’t know.  When you get older, you realize that you don’t know as much as you once thought you did. The person who has to know everything is destined for disappointment in life.  Possessing wisdom doesn’t mean the same thing as being a know it all. True wisdom is humble and teachable. 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.

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon confesses that even though he applied his heart to know wisdom, there was much that he couldn’t explain.  It is a confession of how he came to know just how much he didn’t know.  No less than three times he says, “Man cannot find out!”  The idea is that life is far too complicated and mysterious for anyone to figure out all of the answers.  You can lose sleep trying to figure out why something happens, or why something is the way that it is, but it won’t help one bit. Try as hard as you may, yet you will never be able to unravel all of life’s mysteries.  Granted, we may be able to solve a puzzle or two along the way, but none of us are able to comprehend all the mysteries of life. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

God doesn’t give us answers and explanations to all of our questions in life, but He does give us promises to live by.  He doesn’t expect us to know everything, but He does expect us to trust and obey all that He has revealed.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, which means you must first confess your own limited understanding. Wisdom is teachable!

For more, read Proverbs 3:5-6