This month we’re on a quest to uncover The Truth About Money, studying the book of Proverbs from the Bible for insight. I’m no expert Bible scholar, but I hope that as I study and learn, you will be inspired as well! Feel free to share your own insight and revelation as well.
Yesterday we talked about the “Beginning of Wisdom,” which I believe is the basic building block for how we are to pursue life in all aspects, not just in regards to money. But pursuing wisdom is not easy or quick- it takes a lot of work, diligence, and perseverance spanning across a lifetime. So why the heck would anyone want to choose this lifestyle over a much easier one that just “goes with the flow” and does “whatever feels right?” Why submit oneself to the disciplined life to gain wisdom and knowledge? Good questions.
Any number of verses and passages in the first several chapters of Proverbs answer this question, but I have chosen to look at Proverbs 3:13-18 in particular (emphasis mine):
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Those are some promises, huh? “She is a tree of life”? Harkens back to the Garden of Eden, no? The perfect paradise and eternal life. If only life were really that easy.
I don’t look at these verses and see a formula for “health, wealth, and happiness.” I do believe that those are good things, that they are gifts and blessings, but I also know that there are some incredible people who love the Lord and desire wisdom but for whom life is just plain hard. They suffer lack, they live in poverty, they are oppressed. Haven’t we all experienced some degree of these things in life?
But here’s the thing: while the pursuit of wisdom does not equal a guarantee of the good life in any externally measurable way, it does equal a guarantee of life abundant internally. What I mean is this: the pursuit of wisdom produces character withhin you that will be unshaken by circumstances. You lose your job, yet wisdom has refined a “path of peace” in your heart. You are unjustly treated, yet wisdom causes your heart to well up with the joy of knowing you are blessed for eternity by the Father.
What do you think happens to the one who does not pursue wisdom in this life? What happens when the housing market bottoms out, or the stock market crashes? What happens when the inevitable end comes, and all the wealth and stuff accumulated in life gets divided up among others (whether they are heirs or creditors)? Is there a tree of life with deep roots, or chaff blown away by the wind?
I don’t know about you, but I know what I choose. It may not be easier in the short-term, but the long-term benefits are literally eternal. That ‘s the stock I want to buy!
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