It’s amazing what people will do to find an earthly treasure. In the Gold Rush of 1849, people gave up their homes, their land, and their savings just to come to California for an opportunity to find treasure. They even traveled for weeks and months by land and sea just to have a chance to find gold.
Today, the Bible teaches us that wisdom is also a treasure – something that is very valuable. In fact, Proverbs 3:13-14 says, “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” (emphasis added).
Wow – did you hear that? Wisdom is better than gold! (Maybe those ‘49ers were searching for the wrong thing! They should have been searching for wisdom!)
But just like those ‘49ers put in great effort in their search for gold, the Bible says we too need to strain to seek wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-4) Just like gold would never appear in someone’s bag overnight, wisdom is not something that is given instantly. It has to be sought and searched for. This begs the question…what will we give up to have the treasure of wisdom?
Yet, once wisdom is found, the Bible says it is very beneficial and valuable in a person’s life (Proverbs 2:5-22). It will guide a person in his relationship with God, in discernment, in speech, in morality, and many other areas. You see, the blessing of wisdom is not just to have a head full of facts; rather, wisdom teaches us how to properly live our lives. It has everything to do with good and right conduct.
Today, look for the answers to these three questions:
- How Do You Obtain Wisdom?
- What Are the Benefits of Wisdom?
- Where is Christ in the Search for Wisdom?
Pastor Adam Mumpower