More Gain in Light

Amy Clemens

Read: Ecclesiastes 2:1-14

Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly . . . more gain in light than in darkness. (v. 13)

In my early 20s, it took nothing to run a couple of miles. My body didn’t hurt, my heart and lungs were happy, so running was more a test than a habit. “I’m okay,” I thought after exercising, and the wisdom of developing a lifelong healthy habit was traded for the folly of whatever always seemed more important.

Solomon-the-wise had an unusual opportunity to examine wisdom and folly, darkness and light. An outrageously rich and powerful man, he had every luxury and adventure at his beck and call. So, he tried it all: the fun in folly, the wine that flowed and parties that lasted, the hard work, the stunning home, the noble causes. Yes, he had a God-granted gift for wisdom, but lest we imagine that kept him from stumbling, read the end of his story (1 Kings 11). Still, he had wisdom, whether he utilized it or not.

We all make poor choices, even when we can see what we need to do. Someday, when I stand before God, hearing an accounting of the decisions I’ve made, day after ordinary day, those ledgers of wise deeds versus follies aren’t going to make me proud—so thank God his grace is sufficient for even me. But before that day, I have been given another sunrise, and the opportunity to find more “gain in light.” —Amy Clemens

As you pray, ask for wisdom in the light you still have, and habits that take you the distance with God.