The choices we make , or have made , define the trajectory of our lives. If we believe the world, we would chase many possessions, with money being the primary target. If we believe God, we would choose Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in every aspect of our life. The latter choice is eternal joy while the former is fleeting frustration . It is an easy thing to allow the lure of what the world presents as the ultimate goal to distract us, as Christ-followers, from what God shows us is most important.
Matthew 6:21 (ESV): For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
When asked by God what he wanted, Solomon chose wisdom. And as is normal with God, He not only gave what Solomon requested but much more. We see this in 1 Kings 3:5-13.
Choosing wisdom over worldly pursuits aligns with Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
A short summary of our dive into Proverbs over the past month reveals the value of wisdom over any worldly treasure.
Wisdom enriches. 1 A wise father once said to his sons, “Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.” (Proverbs 4:1-2 ESV). If offered a bag full of silver or a bag full of wisdom, which would you choose?
Wisdom protects. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. (Proverbs 4:6 ESV).
Wisdom exalts. “Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you, if you embrace her” (Proverbs 4:8 ESV) Wisdom always lifts up.
Wisdom beautifies. “She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown” (Proverbs 4:9)
In summary, choose wisdom over the things of this world. Live an enriched, protected, honorable, and beautiful life.