Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. – Proverbs 8: 10 – 11
“Have I got a deal for you!”
Ever hear those words? Whether you’re buying a car, looking for a home entertainment system or a living room sofa, people world-wide all want a deal. We want to get more for our money, or get the same things as everyone else, but for a lower cost. Some people pour through coupon books and web sites, or spend hours going through newspapers finding bargains, clipping coupons and looking for those “additional 10% off” sales.
All this activity is fine. I enjoy a good bargain like anyone. But do we really understand the bargain of wisdom? The wisdom as described here in Proverbs?
We are told wisdom allows kings to reign (vs 15) and princes to rule (vs 16). Or in other words, one could say wisdom helps us manage our lives – or govern them so-to-speak. Then we are told wisdom is more valuable than gold or silver (vs 19). It is something to be sought after and considered precious.
In fact, this chapter describes wisdom as existing even before the LORD created the world. This wisdom pre-existed before the mountains were formed, before the seas were given their boundaries. This isn’t a worldly, earthly or intellectual wisdom, but real wisdom. This is wisdom that can only come from God.
Notice this instruction to us in verses 33 through 35;
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD.
Earlier from this chapter we’ve learned that wisdom can help us live our life, it has high value and it has been around longer than the earth itself. Now here at the end of Proverbs 8 we are told not to neglect wisdom. God’s wisdom is waiting for us, daily. Further, we are given this promise that is we find His wisdom, we find life and His favor.
That, my friends, is a deal. The best deal you could ever find. It’s a bargain better than “double coupons” or “50% off” and it’s a deal we can not afford to let slip away! Notice the final verse of this chapter.
But he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.
The warning couldn’t be stronger. Avoiding this deal may have dire consequences. Unfortunately, many people ignore this offer and seek all those things mentioned in these verses, but without the wisdom of God, we may hurt ourselves and in fact cheat ourselves of the great things God has for us.
Make seeking His wisdom your priority. The blessings from that deal are the best offer you will ever find.