Chapter One: verse 18. 'For with much wisdom comes much sorrow, the more knowledge, the more grief.'
Help! I am confused! Wasn't Solomon the smartest dude ever? Why is he complaining about wisdom? Is it because he doesn't like the burden that it brings? Maybe he just means that the more you understand things, the more you see the bad part of it. Like when you're, like, 4 you don't know much about world poverty. When you're 6, youstart to realise : hey, those kids on tv don't look very happy! Then at night you start praying for the poor kids. But even then, it's not really wisdom. God wants us to be happy, but he doesn't want us to be idiots! So when we gain wisdom, it's a good thing, because we understand God's kingdom clearer. But then we're unhappy. So are we meant to stay foolish happy people? Or wise sad people? I think I'm beginning to see the answer to my question, but I ant your views as well.. I must sound so foolish!
Chapter Two: Okay, so Solomon wasn't the clearest guy to ever walk the planet.Look at verse fifteen! 'What then do I gain by being wise?' Are we meant to be fools? Later on he says that a man can do nothing better but eat and drink and be satisfied with his work. Wrong, wrong, wrong. At least to me. I have so much more in my future ( I hope) than eating and drinking and doing a satisfactory job! We're meant to be out there living God's word, helping others, and impacting the world. Yet Solomon wants to eat and drink and be satisfied? I have such higher expectations for me!
Chapter Three: verse 17 says that god will bring judgement to the right and the wicked, for every activity and deed. Anything said to us or done against us, that person is held accountable for! We have no reason then for revenge. I should remember how well God has taken care of me, and how He'll bless me for being silent and not retaliating.
Okay, so what I've written is completely different to my notes! But now that I sit down and look at my notes and my Bible again, my views have changed. I'm sorry for arguing with Solomon.