Too Much Knowledge?


Ecclesiastes 1:18 “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief”

I short while back I requested for a movie to be delivered through the LoveFilm service. I chose this film because I thought it was one that I should watch, as part of expanding my knowledge and experiences. I never watched it though. As soon as it landed in my letter box I had a bad feeling about it, as if my Spirit didn’t want to watch it. There was nothing sinister about it, nothing to do with sin or temptation, but I knew it would bring me un-necessary sorrow and grief. So I posted it back straight away and never watched it.

Not all knowledge is good.

The world we live in is knowledge hungry. We live off it, breath off it and depend on it to make our lives better. King Solomon thought this too, he was the wisest King that had ever lived, but then he said that with much wisdom and knowledge comes sorrow and grief. The news today is always filled with trouble and despair, it is only on the off chance that a story of ‘good news’ is actually told.

I’m not saying that we should not watch the news, far from it! I think  it’s important to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world, but when the news dictates our feelings and changes the way we behave then that is a different question. How many times have you gotten worried or anxious by things reported in the news? The bad news of the world should have no effect on how we live our lives. The good news of the gospel should.

Where is your knowledge source?

Is social media your knowledge source? Do you require a daily fix of Facebook or Twitter? Could you never live without it? It is human nature to seek out new information, whether it is stories in the media, gossip from friends or everyone’s dumb opinion on Facebook and Twitter. Rather than letting that be your knowledge source, make God your knowledge source. Seek to learn from him and grow in his wisdom, because believe me, its far better than what the world has to offer!

Put down your phone…and pick up your Bible for a change.

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