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May 3, 1990

The Bliss of Ignorance

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[W]ith much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. ECCLESIASTES 1:18
Life is full of things we can’t control. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control the traffic on the way to work. We can’t control our coworkers’ moods. We can’t control the stock market. We can’t control the price of gasoline.
But instead of focusing on things over which we can exercise little management, maybe we ought to focus on things we can really get our hands around.
Perhaps, for example, we ought to leave everything else alone and focus on gaining wisdom and knowledge. After all, it follows that the more you know, the better equipped you will be to deal with whatever life throws at you.
Knowledge is power. We can use it to dominate things and people. But according to Solomon, wisdom and knowledge bring sorrow and grief. Ignorance really is bliss in some instances. The more we know, the more we realize we can’t change very much. We are nevertheless left with the burden of what we have studied and what we now understand. In other words, if we are looking for wisdom and knowledge to be our salvation, we are in big trouble.
Wisdom and knowledge cannot save anyone. Wisdom and knowledge may be helpful for many things, but they are not our hope. God alone is our hope, and by seeking Him, we can draw on His wisdom.
When was the last time you asked God to give you His wisdom for your circumstances?

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