We are studying Ecclesiastes in our adult Bible class right now. Very good discussions. Two comments were made last night that really stuck with me and I will paraphrase them for you this morning.
One comment had to do with Solomon being so wise, but not doing the right things with his wisdom. He was the wisest man ever to live (except Jesus), and yet look at all the foolishness he chose to follow. It comes down to the choices we make, regardless of how much knowledge or wisdom we have. We can be real geniuses with all kinds of awards for intellect and tons of letters behind our name, but God may call us a fool for the path we have chosen. Solomon was wise, but late in life, his heart was not loyal to God (1 Kings 11).
Another comment had to do with Solomon being the wisest person on the planet, so to whom did he turn for advice? Where did Solomon go for advice? We see his regret in Ecclesiastes as he seems to describe himself as an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more (Eccl. 4:13). Did he not see anyone as his equal? Did he not respect the wisdom of anyone else because he had so much wisdom? We don’t know, but we do know that Solomon had the clear wisdom of Scripture before him, and the prophets of God who tried to teach him. He was very wise, but He later in life didn’t listen to the wisdom of God revealed in the Word, nor did He listen to those who were sent to correct him. I’ve found a lot of folks who are always in teacher mode, and have a hard time being taught. We may consider ourselves wise, and we may really value the input we give to others, but are we wise enough to listen to the advice godly people are giving us?
Great thoughts shared by the brethren in our class last night. That’s why I love Bible class.