Ecclesiastes 1:17-18 “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.”
Our heart follows whatever it is we are chasing.
Lamentations 3:51 “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.”
Job knew and guarded against it.
Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”
Solomon warns us in Proverbs as well.
Proverbs 23:31-33 “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.”
Often, we will give our hearts over to things without considering the consequences. We give in to lust, greed, and anger. We allow ourselves to be swayed by the majority without ever looking into the truth.
Some seek out much wisdom to their detriment, as Solomon tells us in our passage today. If there was ever a man to learn from, it would be the wisdom of those who’ve gone before. We need to glean what they have already experienced and learned from that experience.
Yet, we hear:
“The only thing we’ve learned from history is that we learn nothing from history.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana
God’s Word is full of historical facts and truths that are timeless. Yet, we treat it as fantasy by not applying our faith to what we read. If God’s Word is true, and we do follow its teachings, we are fools to do so.
Many will spend a lifetime searching, seeking, learning, and gaining wisdom only to find that they’ve wasted their life not having lived. They miss out on relationships and experiences that enrich our lives.
So, where does one find the balance between learning and applying that knowledge? A simple formula would be to learn one new truth and then find out how to use it in our lives. Then, find another and do the same.
In doing so, we begin adding, learning, and growing. We need to take the time to immerse ourselves in the moment, or living in the present. Take stock, drink in all that is around you. The people, the moment, your surroundings, the importance, and whatever else makes up that situation or circumstance.
There are those so aloof who cannot comprehend the significance and others who will analyze the fun right out of the moment. Some may call it mindfulness, but I believe God would have us slow down, look, smell, and feel what is going on around us.
I find we get too busy to really appreciate what God has given us.
If you still have your mother and father, rejoice because there are those without.
If you have friends you can call on and rely on that they will be there for you, give thanks.
If you have your health to walk, talk, see, touch, feel, and hear, you are blessed indeed.
If you have a copy of the Word of God, rejoice – those around the world are persecuted for possessing a Bible
If you have a church that comes together to worship, sing, preach, and pray, take the time to thank God for the privilege. Churches remain closed and are being oppressed for opening due to this current global situation.
You have heard it often that we are living in unprecedented times. Take it in. You are living as those who lived through the Great Depression.
More importantly, take the time to thank and praise God for seeing us through. Whether you are in trial, coming out of one, or in a holding pattern, know that God has never left you and will see you through whatever it is you are facing.
Don’t allow the bad news to overwhelm you.
Galatians 4:18 “But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.”
Enjoy the day because:
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”