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).