Much Wisdom; Much Vexation

February 3, 2019 Speaker: Rick Gamache Series: The Book of Ecclesiastes

Verse: Ecclesiastes 1:12–1:18



The more we understand, the more we ache. More knowledge brings more awareness of our limitations, more awareness of the fact that we cannot change the human condition, more confirmation that there is no security here, more recognition that we cannot perfect a thing on this earth, we can’t answer the big questions, we can’t stop the suffering. Knowledge of literature, knowledge of history, knowledge of politics, knowledge of economics is vexation and grief—when looked to as a solution or an answer, when trusted to give meaning and significance to life. It all comes up empty.

Human reason and wisdom and knowledge alone cannot lay hold of the meaning of things. Human wisdom, even a wisdom as vast as Solomon’s, cannot comprehend meaning in this life. It cannot come to a satisfying explanation for the way things are in our own lives, let alone the rest of the world.

In all our pursuit of wisdom from above and knowledge and answers from God to the perplexing situations we face, we must be aware of our very real limitations.
We must face the temptation to demand an answer that satisfies us. We must not approach God with an attitude that shouts, “I deserve an answer.” If we’re going to beat that temptation, we have to accept the fact that in this world, subjected to futility by God himself as the curse for sin, we will not always receive an answer that we deem satisfactory. We will experience the futility, the frustration, the vexation, and the sorrow of this cursed world. We will at times be left to wonder. We will come to an end of our ability to figure it all out. Even with God’s wisdom from above. If we’re going to avoid this temptation, we have to cultivate the humility that’s comfortable with mystery.
God has given us enough wisdom—he’s provided us with sufficient answers to trust him. What we have, what we do know, is true, deep, profound wisdom.