It would make the best infomercial of all time. This product appears to be the sum of everything most people spend their entire life trying to find. Among its many benefits are: long life; riches; peace; honor; pleasantness; and blessings.
If there was anything in the world that could truly provide all of those things, wouldn’t you rush out to buy it? Of course you would; so would I!
According to Scripture, all of these wonderful qualities are wrapped up in wisdom (Proverbs 3:16-18). No wonder we’re told to obtain wisdom at any cost, and that we gain more from it than gold, silver, or precious stones (vv. 13-15). Yet, far too many of us chase hard not after wisdom, but after gold (i.e, money and possessions).
Part of the reason followers of Christ may chase the wrong thing is we don’t truly comprehend what wisdom is. Volumes have been written on the subject, and I have no hope of condensing all of it here. But the word wisdom conveys the idea of having an understanding based on the knowledge of God. With it is the skill to apply a God-based perspective to all life situations.
Regardless of the words we use in an attempt to define it, wisdom begins with a reverent respect for God. It is an acknowledgement that God is, and His ways govern the universe. Because that is true, wisdom will not be found within the pages of secular textbooks or on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Worldly knowledge may be found there, but not godly wisdom. Vance Havner was correct when he noted that “many college professors are searching for wisdom while the janitors that clean their offices may have discovered it years ago.”
Take a quick inventory – where are you searching for the answers to life? –Dave
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Proverb 3:13-15)
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