Invest in Wisdom

How much better to get wisdom than gold!      Proverbs 16:16  

The price of one ounce of gold on December 21 was $2,030.32, just a small difference from the day before, but up more than $200 from a year ago. Forbes and the Burch Gold Group say now is the time to invest in gold, calling it “relatively safe.” King Solomon, who had been granted divine wisdom to help him rule over the people of Israel, wrote getting wisdom is better than gold. In one translation of Proverbs 3:14, Solomon writes that wisdom “yields better returns” than gold. God wants you to invest in wisdom! 

If you are like many, there are days when you feel that just an ounce of wisdom for an urgent situation would be sufficient to pull you through. Solomon says you can get that kind of wisdom. You begin by walking with the Lord. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning,” Proverbs 1:7 says. When you read His Word, contemplate it in your mind, obey it, and let it guide your day. Wisdom also comes from being in fellowship with people who are following God devotedly; they often have insight to share. Then watch the lives of your spiritual teachers and mentors. 

King Solomon also said the person who finds wisdom is blessed, and along with it, that person is happy, fulfilled, and productive. Pray for believers serving as judges in the nation’s courts to lean on the wisdom of the Lord as much as they do upon the precedent of earlier rulings. 

Today’s Verse: Proverbs 16:16

How much better to get wisdom than gold! 
    To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: 1 Kings 3:3-14

3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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