It's been said that, "A wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Nobody lives long enough to make them all himself." Despite the depth of Solomon's wisdom, his readers today can even learn from his mistakes. Verses 23-24 paint a picture of a man who doesn't give the impression he's satisfied with his life. In fact, it appears that his search for wisdom ended in failure. I can only imagine that Solomon is crushed by the reality of his human limits. His life long search as the Wise King of Israel concludes with the constraints of being made from flesh and blood more apparent that ever.
I've noticed that there are people who teach me how to live, and there are those who teach me how to not live. Solomon falls into the latter category here. Rather than recognize his broken humanity in a way that furthers his dependence on God, he seems to resign himself to an unfulfilled existence.
This is not how God wants us to live. Are we broken creatures? Yes, sin devastates our souls. But our brokenness should push us to depend and rely on God like never before. Rather than resignation, the Holy Spirit brings revival to our very being. We are not perfect, but will we depend on the One who is?
God, humble me to accept Your help and make me dependent on You alone. Take my brokenness and bring a refreshing to my spirit. Amen