The Los Angeles County Library recently added  the two millionth book to its collection. This  is graphic evidence of the truth of Solomon’s  remark that “of making many books there is no end.”

Solomon continued his observations by saying  that “much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Every  student can certainly vouch for this, for after poring  over calculus or biology books for hours, the flesh can  become very weary.

In spite of the weariness of the flesh that study brings,  we still find more and more books being written and more  and more students poring over them in order to increase  their knowledge of this or that.

In view of this mad thirst for learning which has filled  the colleges and universities to overflowing, it might seem  reasonable to expect that interest in God’s book would also  be increasing, but unfortunately, this is not the case.

There is a very good reason for the lack of interest  in Divine things in this highly intellectual space age.  It is because “the wisdom of the world is foolishness  with God” and the reverse is also true for Paul rightly  observed that the preaching of Christ crucified was  foolishness to the Greeks. The intellectuals of today  are far too busy learning and teaching the so-called  “important” things to have time to read the Bible.

With all the increase of knowledge, with all the  unsolved problems that face mankind today, with the  threat of annihilation hanging over our heads it would  seem that surely people would turn to their Bibles for  comfort, for instruction and for help. This is not the  case. Instead they enroll in night school to make one  wise. Today, we find that even the housewife is not in  the house but in the classroom instead. We recall another  “housewife” of many years ago who desired to use  methods other than those God had appointed to become  wise for she “saw a tree to be desired to make one wise,  and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.”

Worldly wisdom in itself is not a sin but if we allow  it to take away the time we should give to God then it  can become a very bad master. There is only so much  time and the question we must each answer is, are we  spending our time wisely putting first things first? We  can never ever read two million books and we shall  never know everything about anything so what shall  we study and which book shall we read first?

If we only had six months to live it wouldn’t matter  very much how much we knew about astronomy,  physics, ancient history or geology. These are all  admittedly worthwhile subjects about which we would  like to know more, but now with only six months to  live, there isn’t any use learning more because we shall  never have an opportunity to use what we now know.  There is only one kind of knowledge that matters at a  time like this. It is the kind of knowledge that Timothy  had, for Paul commended him saying, “From a child  thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able  to make thee wise unto salvation.”

As we commence a new year of waiting for the return  of our Lord, let us be sure that we always find time for  the important “Book” and that we study those things that  are able to make us wise unto salvation.