Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. – Proverbs 3:13-14 (NIV)
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. – Proverbs 3:13-14 (KJV)
52 Proverbs in 52 Weeks – Weeks 2 & 3
This week’s theme: True Wisdom
This is week 2, but our proverbs for weeks 2 & 3 complement each other so we’ll post them together here.
Last week’s verse reminded us that true wisdom starts with reverence and awe for our God. Weeks 2 & 3 speak to the value of that wisdom. Recall that God gave Solomon the opportunity to ask for anything he wanted (see 2 Chronicles 1:7 & 1 Kings 3:5). Solomon didn’t ask for gold, silver or other forms of material riches. He asked for wisdom.
Proverbs 3:13 & 14 give us insight into why Solomon made that choice. In short, Solomon recognized that Godly wisdom is “more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” There’s nothing wrong with earning money and possessing things of worldly value (as long as we don’t put those things before God). In fact, King Solomon himself was blessed by God with incredible wealth. But earthly riches can only be used to buy earthly things (and they can’t buy real happiness, by the way). Godly wisdom, on the other hand, provides gifts that money can’t buy–happiness and contentment on earth, and the path to eternity with our Lord.
Solomon made a wise choice…let’s choose wisdom as well.