Wisdom is Elusive

Eccl. 7:23-24

All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.

 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?

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(NAU is the New American Standard, Updated 1995)

“All this” is a reference to what Solomon has just said; his advice to the people on finding a meaning and purpose in life. God had given him the gift of great wisdom, but when he tried “under the sun,” from his own perspective, to be wise, it didn’t help him. He found wisdom to be distant, and hard to find. He even acknowledges that, with all his wisdom, the mind of God is still a mystery, “undiscoverable,” to him. Indeed, it is undiscoverable to all of us.

We can find what God has revealed to us in scripture, but the most interesting thing happens, at least for me: As I study, and learn more all the time, I find that it only leads to more questions, more of a need to search His Word to find His plan, purpose, and leading.

The truth is, none of us can plumb the depths of the mind of God. We simply cannot hold the fullness of His wisdom, which He has said is far above us (Isaiah 55:8-9).

That doesn’t mean, of course, that we shouldn’t continue to study. The joy of understanding that which He reveals to us is beyond description. Every time He opens my understanding to something I have been puzzled over, it’s like finding an unexpected gift under the Christmas tree.

That’s one of the reasons I keep blogging. I want to be a blessing; I want to continue to be blessed by what I’m learning. It is truly a joy to study, learn, and teach the Word of God.

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