Ecclesiastes 1:18 – For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
Wisdom is definitely something to be desired. We are told in Scripture, especially in the Proverbs, to seek it always. But the more we know, the more we tend to feel responsible for that knowledge, and the more we tend to feel the extent of our ignorance. Solomon had great wisdom but didn’t live wisely. Wisdom and knowledge for their own sakes do not give meaning to life and, as a matter of fact, are then meaningless. No matter how brilliant a person is, without God life is meaningless. Without God, wisdom and knowledge themselves are meaningless.
Solomon tells us the secret to a meaningful life in 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of this whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” Because life is fleeting, God’s people should accept every day as a gift from God, reverencing and living to please Him. This is the secret to a meaningful life.