Next week, I will help my oldest son move back into college life for his Sophomore year. Last week, my younger son started his Senior year of High School. Soon my daughter will begin her graduate studies. I am two and one-half weeks into teaching an Old Testament History course for college students. Academics fill much of our family’s time. We value education and are thankful for the opportunities and resources to engage in it – as students and as a professor.
The Teacher, son of David, who penned Ecclesiastes pursued, obtained, and loved education. He found satisfaction in learning. That is, until he didn’t.
He explains more fully in the next chapter.
Among other truths, what the Teacher learned is that the pursuit of knowledge (even knowledge that leads to wisdom) is a fool’s errand if it is the end of the matter. God designed people with the capacity for learning and, therefore, it is good if the learning uses the knowledge and wisdom in a God-honoring way.
In Proverbs, chapter four, a father entreats his son to gain understanding. He does so repeatedly throughout the passage. Here is an example.
Several verses later, the father provides wisdom on how to use knowledge.
The father instructs his sons to use their knowledge to help them live upright, God-honoring lives.
Knowledge pursued by itself can lead merely to a head full of facts. Knowledge applied leads to a life well-lived.
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