In an attempt to find happiness, King Solomon went on an endless search. He tried, in every conceivable way, to find relief for the ache in his heart. One of the means he tried was education.
Solomon was a brilliant man. In his lifetime, he wrote 3,000 proverbs. He would be a best-selling author if he were alive today. He also wrote 1,005 songs. The Bible says he knew of botany, the study of trees. He knew of zoology, the study of animals. He knew ornithology, the study of birds. His days were a constant search for more knowledge. After visiting him and probing his depth of knowledge, the Queen of Sheba gave this testimony: “The half has not been told me.”
Yet Solomon made the statement in Ecclesiastes 2:16, “There is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool forever.” Solomon was well educated, but he knew that education in and of itself could not satisfy men’s soul. Jesus, and only Jesus has that capability.
Now, that is not to say we should not get a good education. Of course we should take every opportunity to learn as much as we can. However, much of our current educational system has chosen to dethrone God and deify man. I heard it once said, “Some people are educated beyond their intelligence.”
We’ve been led to believe that education is the answer to our society’s problems. However, education can’t change character and it can’t fill the huge void in man’s heart.
We need to see the importance of a godly education. We desperately need to bring God back into our educational system. We need to pray God’s wisdom over our leaders and educators. Remember, education is a tool to help us, not an institution to replace godliness.