“How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” Proverbs 16:16 NKJV
Gold. For many, this is the most valuable commodity on earth. It’s so valuable that the quest for gold has inspired wars. Obsessed by gold, people have committed murder and done many other reckless things.
Often people will go to incredible lengths just for a little gold. In his book, The Power of Gold, Peter Bernstein describes the process required to produce just one ounce of fine gold in South Africa, the source of most gold in the world today.
The mines “reach down as far as twelve thousand feet and the temperature reaches 130 degrees.” More than 400,000 people work in these mines. This effort “requires thirty-eight man hours, 1400 gallons of water, electricity to run a large house for ten days, 282 to 565 cubic feet of air under straining pressure, and quantities of chemicals including cyanide, acids, lead, borax, and lime.”
Yes, men will do all this work, and even risk their lives, just for one ounce of gold! But the Bible teaches that wisdom is “much better” than gold.
Then why is it that so few people seem to treasure wisdom like they treasure gold? Like the search for gold, if we want wisdom, we must be willing to value it, dig for it, and search for it.
The Bible tells us God delights to give us wisdom and unlock for us more secrets of His Kingdom. He is ready to open our minds to understand more of His truth. He wants us to experience more of His promises.
But we have a part to play, too. We must search, seek, and dig.
Ask God to give you more of His wisdom. Seek His face, and cry out to Him for understanding and discernment. Read His Word, and dig into it like a miner seeking pure gold. As you seek, He will give you a level of wisdom that you have never known before.
PrayerFather, I seek more of Your wisdom. Open my heart that I might understand Your truths. Give me discernment and understanding. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingProverbs 16