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Which Do You Prefer - Wisdom Or Wealth?
"Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold." - Matthew Henry
So many nowadays have their eyes set on the wealth of this world. How do we know this?
We can tell by their prayers.
Most Christians' prayer lists consist of things centering around money or the lack thereof.
We are not saying that it is wrong to pray for more money or for one's needs to be met. However, we would all have to agree that the present-day church has certainly become very money-conscious rather than Christ-conscious. In many congregations today, you will hear Preachers preaching solely on money, prosperity, and success - while leaving out the weightier matters like repentance, salvation, holiness, rightful living, the anointing, the Presence of God, and the Power of God needed to reach the world.
In this day and hour, the Holy Spirit is calling the Church to get her priorities right - to put first things first - to "seek first the kingdom of God" and then watch "all things be added" unto her(Matthew 6:33).
What should the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ be crying out for in this day and hour? What should the preachers be preaching more than ever to their congregations? What should the teachers of the Word be emphasizing to their students?
The answer can be found in the following Scriptures -
"How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver"(Proverbs 16:16)!
"Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold"(Proverbs 8:10).
"If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures"(Proverbs 2:4).
From these Scriptures we learn that -
1. Wisdom and wealth are set in contrast throughout our lifetime. We have a choice set before us. >From the beginning of our lives until the end - we can either seek after wisdom or wealth. Wisdom will ultimately bring us wealth, but only when it is counted as being better than any other pursuit in life.
2. As Christians, we are commanded to receive and submit to the instruction and knowledge which transforms us into the image and likeness of Jesus and not of the world or Satan.
3. The Wisdom of God is of inestimable worth and is far more valuable than silver and gold.
4. We are to seek after wisdom with unwearied diligence, patient expectation, and earnest prayer and effort. In fact, we should be ashamed if we are in less earnest after the true riches of wisdom than after perishable wealth.
5. We are to make the pursuit of wisdom our main business - being willing to part with all for it.
In summary, what the Holy Spirit is saying is that it is much better to be wise and sensible than to be rich. This will only be accomplished whenever instruction and knowledge mean more to us than silver and gold.
Oftentimes, in the Scriptures, Wisdom is equated with the Word of God. So to seek after Wisdom is to hunger after His Word - to read, study, memorize, and meditate on it.
Is this your attitude toward Wisdom or God's Holy Word the same as exemplified by the Psalmist -
"The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver"(Psalm 119:72)
"Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold"(Psalm 119:127)
"I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil"(Psalm 119:162)
"More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold..."(Psalm 19:10)?
Is the Word of God your most valuable possession? Do you prize it above all other things?
The Psalmist loved the Scriptures more than he loved his riches. What about you?
What charms and dazzles your eyes - the Word of God's resplendent glory or the gleam of gold?
Do you feel very rich after reading through the Bible - like one who has just plundered the enemy's camp?
Do you desire it with a miser's greed?
Charles Spurgeon once said - "Wealth is good in some respects, but obedience is better in all respects."
The righteous and holy man of God by the name of Job said this about Wisdom - "Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold"(Job 28:13-19).
In other words, there is no price that can be fixed on Wisdom. It is infinitely worth more than all the riches of the world. The most precious kind of gold cannot be given for it. It is impossible to weigh out enough silver to equal its value. It cannot be placed on the same level with the precious stones found in the earth.
"...for the price of Wisdom is above..."
Man does not know its worth. Nonetheless, shouldn't the Christian - who has the Holy Spirit living within him - be enlightened to its true value?
Pastor Henry made this exhortation to the Body of Christ - "Let that which is most precious in God's account be so in ours."
What is more precious to God than His Holy Word? Doesn't the Scripture even say that He places it above His very name(Psalm 138:2)?
In the Brazilis, slaves were employed to scrape the soil from the bed of the Rio de Janeiro River in search for particles of gold and for diamonds. What they would do is wash the particles carefully and then search for gold or for a diamond of a set amount of carats which would then purchase their freedom.
How many Christians are suffering today - because they are not free? They are not free in their spirit, life, home, marriage, or family. Instead of searching for Wisdom, they are seeking after money - thinking that it is their answer.
But as we have seen in this message, the Holy Spirit is calling to the Church to cry out for Wisdom - to search for it as for hid treasures.
In so doing, she will then realize her total fulfillment and the supply of her every need.
After reading through this message, which will you value more - Wisdom or Wealth?
May God Bless His Word.