July 16, 2020
Many Books, Little Wisdom, Much Weariness
Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 (KJB) The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Eternally wise pastors’ words are filled with wisdom and direction given by God. This kind of instruction can be sharp but meant to lead a person straight to essential, eternal goals of God’s teaching on a personal level. These kinds of individual lessons will often contain a “bite” to them, but such spiritually pointed lessons only hurt for a moment as we grow and mature in things of Christ. Life application of truth is essential as a child of God sojourns in this wicked world.
In contrast, the many teachings, articles, and books found lining the bookshelves in this world are often a waste of paper and a waste of time spent reading them. Why, because they contain no eternal bites at all. What do I mean? World-based books have no lasting significance whatsoever, with many volumes handing their readers worry and weariness rather than truth and peace of God.
While it is not wrong to read and study books from this world, the first place that a genuine child of God should set his or her eyes on soon after waking each morning is The Word of God. There he or she will find real spiritual substance, direction, and wisdom regarding this world and for eternity. Only then can he or she read other books and materials through the filter of Christ.
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