For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
Solomon’s talking about an eternal preference over a fleeting one. The joys and passions of anything that isn’t the wisdom and knowledge of God is characteristically unsatisfying. We accept the illusion of satisfaction. The gift of God is a) wisdom in the first place, and b) that that wisdom should come to be solidified (“He lays up solid wisdom (aka “substance”) for the righteous (Prov 2:7),”), come to be felt inside of us, and thus come to “fill the void” in a much more real way than worldliness can, which is meaningless, wind for fools to go chase.
Practically, what this means is, whenever I am tempted to sin or wickedness or anything that will not please God, I ought to focus on the fact that by choosing the right way, and pleasing Him, I will get a little nugget of solid wisdom down in the hole of my stomach. I ought to pause, and concentrate. Feel the void, search for the hole, and then reach out and grab the pebble of wisdom myself. That is what a choice for right or wrong amounts to- taking a piece of solid wisdom and putting it inside of me forever. Forever. I keep that. I don’t lose it like Solomon lost his temples and fields, like sinners lose their “treasures.” The knowledge and wisdom of God will open our eyes to understand what is true, what is false, what is real, what is not, what ought to be, and what is. If we are willing to change absolutely everything about how we see the world.
This is part of the Word of Wisdom Series