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When Knowledge Hurts

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts
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August 30, 2022 8:00 pm

When Knowledge Hurts

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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August 30, 2022 8:00 pm

Zach Elder and his friends pulled up to shore after a twenty-five-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. The man who came to retrieve their rafts told them about the COVID-19 virus. They thought he was joking. But as they left the canyon their phones pinged with their parents’ urgent messages. Zach and his friends were stunned. They wished they could return to the river and escape what they now knew.

In a fallen world, knowledge often brings pain. The wise Teacher of Ecclesiastes observed, “With much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief” (v. 18). Who hasn’t envied a child’s blissful ignorance? She doesn’t yet know about racism, violence, and cancer. Weren’t we happier before we grew up and discerned our own weaknesses and vices? Before we learned our family’s secrets—why our uncle drinks heavily or what caused our parents’ divorce?

The pain from knowledge can’t be wished away. Once we know, it’s no use pretending we don’t. But there’s a higher knowledge that empowers us to endure, even thrive. Jesus is the Word of God, the light that shines in our darkness (John 1:1–5). He “has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Your pain is your reason to run to Jesus. He knows you and cares for you.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. My name is Mike Whitmer and I titled our reading, When Knowledge Hurts. Zach Elder and his friends pulled up to shore after a 25-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. The man who came to retrieve their rafts told them about the COVID-19 virus. They thought he was joking, but as they left the canyon their phones pinged with their parents' urgent messages.

Zach and his friends were stunned. They wished they could return to the river and escape what they now knew. In a fallen world, knowledge often brings pain. The wise teacher of Ecclesiastes observed, With much wisdom comes much sorrow. The more knowledge, the more grief. Who hasn't envied a child's blissful ignorance?

She doesn't yet know about racism, violence, and cancer. Weren't we happier before we grew up and discerned our own weaknesses and vices? Before we learned our family's secrets?

Why our uncle drinks heavily or what caused our parents' divorce? The pain from knowledge can't be wished away. Once we know, it's no use pretending we don't. But there's a higher knowledge that empowers us to endure, even thrive. Jesus is the Word of God, the light that shines in our darkness. 1 Corinthians chapter 1 says, Your pain is your reason to run to Jesus.

He knows you and cares for you. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Ecclesiastes chapter 1, verses 12 through 18. I, the teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind.

I've seen all the things that are done under the sun. All of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. What is crooked cannot be straightened.

What is lacking cannot be counted. I said to myself, Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me. I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge. Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom and also of madness and folly. But I learned that this too is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow. The more knowledge, the more grief. Let's pray. Jesus, we don't enjoy pain, but if it drives us to you, it's worth it. Help us to turn to you. In your name we pray. Amen.
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