A Wealth of Wisdom

The greatest possession you can find is wisdom. It never depreciates. When you spend it, more returns to you. And not only can you take it with you to Heaven, but it paves the road before you.

There are a thousand possessions you will see that will try to entice you to work hard to have them. As Ecclesiastes 4:4 says, there is an emptiness and pointlessness to all the envy-fueled efforts we make that we might have these trinkets made of kindling (2 Peter 3:7). And once we have wealth and possessions, they never satisfy. We simply find more and more desires to feed in our heart. (Ecclesiastes 5:11) It is the empty and pointless game that is the American Pastime. There are no winners and it always ends the same way – – with the final purchase – a coffin.

One should prefer instead to be poor and wise, than a king who is a fool (Ecclesiastes 4:13). Such a statement may not seem rooted in reality when we see others enjoying the fruit of their wealth; or when we go without while others do not. Why is wisdom better than silver, gold, and jewels? (Proverbs 3:13-15) Because silver, gold and jewels make bad gods. No matter how much wealth I gain, there is always more to try to possess.  Wisdom, on the other hand, leads me to trust in and know God. Unlike wealth, once I am possessed by God, then I have the greatest and most satisfying possession in the universe – God Himself. If you would not be satisfied in God, then you will not be satisfied by anything.

And if you are satisfied in God, then honor Him with your wealth (Proverbs 4:9-10). Giving over my wealth to God is nothing when He is my treasure and I acknowledge that every cent came from Him and He can give it back to me if He so chooses.

So, set out on your day today with this instruction on your heart and mind.

Proverbs 3:5–6 (ESV) — 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Follow God’s wisdom and it will lead you to what is indeed a great wealth. I pray that you might find Him and treasure Him with all your heart.