I had planned a different post for today, but as I read the book of John this morning, God directed me to write something different. Which probably means one or more of my readers needs to hear this.
So let me ask you a question: What’s worth more than $970.50 an ounce?
If you follow the financial markets, you probably already know I’m making a comparison to gold. As of this morning, $970.50 is the price of gold per ounce in U.S. dollars. With the exception of perhaps a near-perfect diamond, I can’t think of anything that would rival the price of gold, ounce for ounce.
Well, I can think of one thing that not only rivals the price of gold, but exceeds it by far. I’ll get to that in a minute.
But first, let me make an observation. Whether you are employed in a job or self-employed, I’m willing to bet that you’re literally slaving away to achieve greater success, maximize your earning power, and (ultimately) become wealthy and well-known (a.k.a. “rich and famous”).
I hate to burst your bubble, but…
You’re seeking the wrong thing.
Success, wealth, and fame come and go. They are transient. Here today, gone tomorrow.
In a sense, we are all a bit like Sysiphus. We toil and strain to push an enormous rock up a long incline. When we are close to the top, we are ready to rejoice… only to witness the rock slip and roll down to the bottom of the hill.
Then we start all over again.
So the question arises: What should we be seeking?
The things of this world serve a purpose. But they don’t deserve our passionate pursuit. All the gold in the world can’t buy love, happiness… or immortality.
Rather than gold, seek wisdom.
I offer this advice because of this…
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast. (Proverbs 3:13-18)
This is such a beautiful picture. In the pursuit of wisdom we also find riches, honor, peace, long life, and happiness.
Do you remember when you were a kid? Remember the game we used to play where we imagined holding a magic lamp that contained a genie? We used to say:
“If you had three wishes, and you could wish for anything in the world, and the genie had to give you whatever you wished… what would you wish for?”
This was always a fun mental exercise.
I remember as a young boy trying to “game the system.” I’d usually use my first wish to wish for unlimited wishes.
The reason I bring this up is because this really happened to a man. Except instead of three wishes, he got only one. Here is the story…
In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”
Solomon said to God, “You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.
“Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?”
God said to Solomon, “Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth, or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you.” (2 Chronicles 1:7-12)
This is what I felt I needed to write to you this morning:
Wisdom trumps wealth.
Therefore, seek wisdom.
Oh, and one last thing: All wisdom comes from God. If you desire wisdom (as you should), you’ll have to make friends with your Maker. ;-)
Have a great weekend.
-Ryan M. Healy
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