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Better than Gold?

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her. –Proverbs 3:13-15

If you don’t have food and you’re hungry, what do you think about? I wish I had some food.

If you don’t have a friend and you’re lonely, what do you think about? I wish I had some friends.

And if you don’t have money and the world’s system runs on greed, what is our natural inclination? I just wish I had some money.

Here we are though with Solomon talking to his son as he conveys the point that true blessing is finding wisdom, the profit of that pursuit is better than earthly riches.

You and I could say, “Sol, (mind if I call you Sol?), that’s easy for you to say. You were one of the richest kings of your day. You didn’t lack anything you wanted and silver was so plentiful that it basically became worthless. Who are you to lecture me about not going after wealth?”

Well, scripture does tell us that because he asked God for wisdom in a holy encounter, he was the wisest man who ever lived so he had that going for him. Besides that, it really does make sense.

Chasing after wealth, fame, influence, power, and a host of other things is ultimately a waste. In an effort to keep what you have and gain more you will lose yourself. Many times those things are fleeting at best. They look good until you get up close, but by then it’s usually too late and you’re hooked.

Not too long ago, everyone was saying to invest in gold. Buy gold. Do whatever you can and GET GOLD! The majority of it was fear-based and I doubt it really made any of its investors rest that much easier.

That’s how the world operates. It’s a cycle of panic, chase after the “solution,” then worry that it may not be enough or may be too late. We are the children of God and not subject to the world’s up and downs.

Godly wisdom is worth more than jewels and gold and silver–it’s the better investment–because you take all those other things away, but the blessing of hard-won wisdom is, no one can take it from you.

They may break into your house and steal your stash of gold bars you were saving for the financial collapse of the world, but knowing God, gaining His heart and insight, and displaying His wisdom can only be forfeited if we let it go or they take our life.

That’s why no matter what happens, we have to keep pressing into true worship and knowing Him so that we might gain His wisdom and perspective.  I’ll spur you on if you spur me on.

Any more thoughts about these verses and why the pursuit of wisdom is more precious?


Another in a series of monthly posts where I go through Proverbs a verse or two at a time and share the whispers of the Holy Spirit to my heart (click here for more verse by verse posts).

11 Comments

  1. I believe it was the great philosopher Notorious B.I.G. who lammented Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems. I understand that I have more than I need right now, but will admit that somewhere not in the back of my mind, I wouldn’t mind having a little more. The problem with that thinking, is that no matter how much you have that thought rarely goes away. Wisdom would say that thought is a great one to have when seeking God’s riches, but not so much when it comes to the world’s riches. It’s a good post.
    philip recently posted..31, A Musical Reflection With No Accompanying MusicMy Profile

    • Well put, Philip. Thanks so much.

  2. If a person has wisdom they have enough of everything else to be able to take care of themselves. If the wisdom is God given it will be more than sufficient to take care of the day to day needs. If we belong to God we have His promise of provision. It is the lust of the provision that shows the lack of wisdom spoken of here I think.

    Keep spurring, brother!

    • Give us this day our daily bread. I believe that goes for everything--physical needs, finances, wisdom, abilities, whatever. The key is looking to Him with everything for everything. He is the Author of salvation. Thanks Floyd.

  3. My thoughts on wisdom? I’m stumped. (I like to think I’m wise enough to know there are some things I shouldn’t joke about.) I’ve been contemplating the meaning of love (yes, Corinthians 13, not Haddaway). Patient, kind, not jealous, not envious, not easily angered, forbearing… I have a lot to work on, but maybe when I’m done, I’ll look into wisdom. (She says seriously.)
    Helen recently posted..ToucheMy Profile

    • I know not joking can be a hard thing! And Haddaway… May not have been a joke, but I thought it was funny. :) Now seriously, I think love and wisdom are very much linked. The wise person loves and the loving person (loving with His divine love) displays an uncommon wisdom that the world would miss. It’s a beautiful thing to behold His love! Thanks Helen.

      • Yeah, the Haddaway joke just kind of slipped in there without even planning it. :-)
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  4. Neither silver or gold do I have… but what I do have I can freely and joyously give.

    And in the giving my wealth is not diminished… rather, it is increased. For as I share my Jesus, my family grows every time the gift is received.

    //Completely sidetracked thoughts.
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    • Excellent rabbit trail, if I do say! :) Thanks Dusty.

  5. Godly wisdom is indeed better than gold. Having godly wisdom leads to contentment while having gold leads to wanting more gold.
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..4 ways to have contentmentMy Profile

    • Yeah, I guess we could consider greed as the counterfeit of pursuing godly wisdom. Good thoughts, Kevin! Thank you.