“Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.” (Proverbs 4:5-6 NKJV).

 

Wisdom is the principal, chief or main asset to possess in life. If you lack wisdom, you are still poor regardless of your material possessions in life. All that you may possess in life is nothing if wisdom is lacking.

The Scripture clearly states, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7 NKJV).

It is better to have wisdom than to have money!

Why?

The Scripture reveals,

“For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.” (Eccl. 7:12 NKJV).

“Wisdom is better than strength.” (Eccl. 9:16 NKJV).

“Wisdom is better than weapons of war.” (Eccl. 9:18 NKJV).

Divine wisdom is priceless or invaluable!

The Scripture attests to this truth in Job 28:

15 It cannot be purchased for gold, Nor can silver be weighed for its price.

16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx or sapphire.

17 Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies. (NKJV).

The rewards, proceeds or fruits of wisdom are incalculable!

The Scripture states in Proverbs 3:

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;

14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. (NKJV).

Therefore, it is a sheer foolishness to esteem and seek after gold above divine wisdom!

It is indeed wisdom for us to agree with the Scripture that it is “much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” (Prov. 16:16 NKJV).

But then we may ask: How is wisdom more precious than gold or money?

How are the proceeds of divine wisdom better than the profits of silver, and her gain than that of fine gold?

Let us explore the Scripture so that we may see from God’s perspectives!

First, Wisdom is a tree of life.

Gold, silver or precious gems cannot give life to those who find, possess, or hold them. But, divine wisdom gives life to all those who find, possess or take hold of it.

The Scripture testifies about wisdom, “She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.” (Prov. 3:18 NKJV).

The Scripture admonishes in Proverbs 3:

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes-Keep sound wisdom and discretion;

22 So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck. (NKJV).

Also in Proverbs 4:

13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life. (NKJV).

Second, Wisdom preserves life and gives peace to all those who find and retain it.

Gold and silver cannot prolong life or give peace. But, wisdom prolongs life and gives peace to anyone who esteems, loves, and keeps it.

The Scripture testifies, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” (Prov. 3:17 NKJV).

Therefore the Scripture admonishes in Proverbs 4:

5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. (NKJV).

When you seek, find, know and walk in the way of wisdom, the Scripture assures that: “When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.” (Prov. 4:12 NKJV).

“Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.” (Prov. 3:23-24 NKJV).

Third, Wisdom attracts grace and glory to all those who love and keep it.

When you exalt divine wisdom, it will see to your exaltation or promotion in life. When you embrace wisdom, it will bring honour to you. When you esteem or value wisdom, it will deliver enduring riches to you. You cannot be a failure in life when you receive, obey and follow instructions of wisdom.

The Scripture states in Proverbs 4:

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.

9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” (NKJV).

And also in Proverbs 3:

16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. (NKJV).

However, anyone who desires to seek after, find or get divine wisdom in life has three major challenges to overcome.

What are these challenges?

First, Divine Wisdom is priceless:

The wisdom that comes from above cannot be purchased with money, or choice gold and silver, or any precious gems.

The Scripture states in Job 28:

15 It cannot be purchased for gold, Nor can silver be weighed for its price.

16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx or sapphire.

17 Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies. (NKJV).

What then is the price of divine wisdom?

Second, Divine Wisdom is transcendental:

God’s wisdom does not reside anywhere on this earth.

The Scripture queries in Job 28:

12 “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

13 Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.

14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ (NKJV).

Where then is the place of divine wisdom?

Third, Divine Wisdom is hidden or concealed:

The Scripture says of divine wisdom in Job 28:

21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living, And concealed from the birds of the air.

22 Destruction and Death say, ‘We have heard a report about it with our ears.’ (NKJV).

How then is divine wisdom revealed to those who seek for it?

Find out God’s answers to these important questions in the next piece on this series!

 

Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, create in me a deep passion, hunger and thirst for divine wisdom, and reveal to me the price and place of divine wisdom, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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