GRIEF-THE UNWANTED COMPANION OF WISDOM

“I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.” (Ecclesiastes 1:17-18)

Soon after being born again I came across James 1:5-8 and began asking God for wisdom. After all, it says right there in the verse if you lack wisdom “ask”. I was barely out of the heavenly womb, but I knew I lacked wisdom. I was just gullible enough to simply believe what the word said, and so every morning I prayed for wisdom, and every night I devoured the scriptures.

It wasn’t long before my search for wisdom led me to King Solomon’s prayer found in 1 Kings 3. God came to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask what you wish me to give you.” Solomon said, “Give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?” This request was pleasing to God; therefore he granted him great riches and honor as a bonus.

Having wisdom means you can see what others cannot. When you are able to understand something someone else can’t it can become increasingly irritating. Without the element of love our wisdom would become a grief. The Apostle Paul nailed it down in the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians. He said, “If I know all mysteries and have all knowledge; but do not have love I am nothing.” I’m not saying I am the wisest there is, but I do know if I don’t love the person I want to teach, I am failing. Love is the one essential ingredient in helping others. After all, it was to lead others that Solomon wanted the wisdom in the first place wasn’t it? He didn’t ask for wisdom just so he could sit around all day being wise did he?

Finally it comes to this. Do I love them? Can I love them? Jesus told us to “Love them as I have loved you.” That is a love we humans don’t have within ourselves; it has to be God, who is love, that loves others through us. God is love and he is the only one capable of loving “them”. So we must step aside from within and let him be love through  us. 1Corinthians 1:30 tells us, “Jesus Christ became to us wisdom from God.” He is wisdom and he is the ultimate expression of love. The wisest thing we can do is continue to look to him for love and understanding, and in doing so we will love God and others.

Written by Louie

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