What may have caused the wisest man in the world to wake up at night, anxious or worried about problems and could not sleep?
Perhaps this writing may give us a clue.
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18)
For in much wisdom is much grief,…. In getting it, and losing it when it is gotten: or “indignation” (t), at himself and others; being more sensible of the follies and weakness of human nature;
and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow: for, the more he knows, the more he would know, and is more eager after it, and puts himself to more pains and trouble to acquire it; and hereby becomes more and more sensible of his own ignorance; and of the difficulty of attaining the knowledge he would come at; and of the insufficiency of it to make him easy and happy: and besides, the more knowledge he has, the more envy it draws upon him from others, who set themselves to oppose him, and detract from his character; in short, this is the sum of all human knowledge and wisdom, attained to in the highest degree; instead of making men comfortable and happy, it is found to be mere vanity, to cause vexation and disquietude of mind, and to promote grief and sorrow.
There is indeed wisdom and knowledge opposite to this, and infinitely more excellent, and which, the more it is increased, the more joy and comfort it brings; and this is wisdom in the hidden part; a spiritual and experimental knowledge of Christ, and of God in Christ, and of divine and evangelical truths; but short of this knowledge there is no true peace, comfort, and happiness. The Targum is,
“for a man who multiplies wisdom, when he sins and does not turn by repentance, he multiplies indignation from the Lord; and he who increases knowledge, and dies in his youth, increases grief of heart to those who are near akin to him.” (Source Here)
What is My Point?
If listening to the news, personal, or work problems may be causing you anxiety and keeps you up at night, perhaps you should focus more on Spiritual Wisdom which brings about joy and comfort rather than anxiety, grief, or sorrow.
Making Choices or Decisions
If worry and anxiety about making a decision is keeping you up at night, perhaps what I surmised King Solomon may have advised the Queen of Sheba in a novel may be of comfort with this proverb.
Then you will journey in safety, and your foot will not stumble. If you are resting, no fears will trouble you. When you lie down, sweet sleep will come to you. (Proverb 3:23)
If interested, and you have spiritual wisdom, read a novel excerpt HERE
Sorrow In Life
I also know everyone will face sorrow over loss of a loved one or friend in certain times in life.
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
Even Spiritual Wisdom may not bring immediate comfort, perhaps though, in time?
If you are anxious and cannot sleep, sometimes this proverb may help.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. (Proverb 12:25)
Next time you wake up at night and cannot sleep, perhaps these lighthearted proverbs written by a bluebird may divert your thoughts about all the problems in the world, real or imagined. HERE,
Regards and goodwill blogging.