Welcome back! Today, we are looking at Proverbs 8. I love the imagery in this chapter. It reminds us of the incredible value of wisdom. There is truly nothing that compares.
Proverbs 8:10-11 says, “Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.”
At first glance, this is kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Would you really prefer to have knowledge instead of a few bars of pure gold? Or, would you rather have your employer pay you with “wisdom” instead of money? Maybe not. However, I think the verses that follow verse 10 and 11 start to give us some reasons why knowledge and wisdom from God are SO much more valuable than anything money can buy.
Wisdom speaks to us as if it’s a person by saying, “I was there when He established the heavens, when He drew the horizon on the oceans. I was there when He set the clouds above, when He established springs deep in the earth. I was there when He set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when He marked off the earth’s foundations, I was the architect at his side.” (Proverbs 8:27-30) WISDOM is basically saying, “Listen, I know what’s up. I have been God’s wingman all along. I am the architect.”
Imagine you are buying a house, and you have two options. You’ve talked to the realtor, the sellers, your spouse, and the neighbors about the decision, but you still have your reservations about both houses. But, then you talk to the architect who built the houses. He walks you through each one, explains how and why he built them the way he did, tells you about the lumber he used and the way the electric systems are designed, and then tells you which house he thinks you should buy. Would you listen to his opinion?
I think it’s the same way with God in our life. Remember, He created us from scratch, He put the boundaries on the ocean, He controls the wind and the waves, yet we still have a hard time trusting Him and/or obeying Him at times. We seek after answers through our friends, family, co-workers, we seek after money, fame, possessions, and “feel good” moments to resolve our uncertainties, but neglect God’s direction in our lives. God is saying, “Listen to me. I have your best interests in mind. I can give you what the world can’t give.”
Take some time to be honest with yourself today. Are you listening to God or are you ignoring Him in certain parts of your life? Are you allowing God’s wisdom to fully permeate your lifestyle, your career, your family, or the way you handle your money? God wants to direct your life toward the best possible life – a life with Him. Listen up.
Have a great day!