Many books have been written; many people have something to say, tweet or teach. The list of topics to learn is endless. This reminds me of a wise saying by Solomon, “…of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body…” (Ecclesiastes 12:12).
Much knowledge is presented to us every day; it’s been said that over 3000 advertisements assault people daily – each tempting us to spend money, read this book, blog, post or article, watch this T.V. show or movie, go to this event and give to this charity. It goes on and on and on. At one point we were living in the information age, now we are living in a knowledge overload age. I would agree with Solomon, much study wearies the body.
Do you know what weary means? It means to be fatigued and drained. Knowledge overload is exhausting and drains one’s mind and their body. When our fatigue hits our mind and body it often reveals itself in lethargy, anger, depression, and anxiety. The unknowing of what to do replaces the overload of information. “What do I choose? How do I live? What direction do I take? I feel confused” are some of the many self-talks an overloaded person says to themselves.
That is why Solomon narrows our focus down to one specific duty: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion to the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). When a person heeds this duty they will learn that revering God’s authority and obeying His word will bring him no harm only peace; they will become wise – knowing the proper time and procedure for their life.
My friends, whittle away all the overload of information today; stay steadfast in God’s word – I promise you – you will rest in His peace, not as the world gives, but peace that can only come from God’s rich heavenly treasures.