Too Many Books

Diane Bloem

READ : Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

Parents used to groan about the high cost of textbooks and complain that old ones were discarded and new ones required each year. Now parents scrimp and save to buy new computers with all the latest software and interfacing capabilities.

In my work for a publishing house, I sometimes get the impression that everyone is writing a book and wants it published. I visit bookstores and am impressed with the money they spend to enhance their stores and compete with electronic information systems. I view the stack of magazines on my table and sigh for time to read them. King Solomon shared these same frustrations. He said, “Of making many books there is no end and much study wearies the body” (Eccl. 12:12).

How can one keep from being blown apart by this information explosion? By prioritizing. Just because it’s available we don’t have to know or learn it. We must choose what is important and useful and reliable. Solomon tells us that it is most important to fear God and obey Him because God will judge our lives. Our relationship in Jesus Christ is the most important thing to study and nurture.


Dear Lord, please help us to put You first in our lives. Help us to reject information and study demands that hinder our service to You. Amen.