Proverbs 8:8-10 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
I heard a story once of a man who was made fun of by the people of the town. They considered him to be someone who was just a little off in the head. The reason for their continual harassment was this. Every day the man would walk into the local diner. Every day a group of men would gather around him and ask; “Hey mister, would you rather have this shiny silver quarter, or this ugly old paper dollar?” Every single day he would say; “I’ll take the shiny quarter.” They’d give him the quarter, and then have a big laugh over the silly decision he had made to take the quarter.
After many months of this going on, one person from the diner decided to befriend the man. While getting to know him they realized he was not crazy, or even a little off at all. He was just like everyone else in the room, and actually, maybe a little wiser. When the man was asked why it was he always took the quarter over the dollar, his answer was; “I have been playing this game with them for years, I get twenty-five cents a day for six days a week. That’s one dollar and fifty cents a week. At the end of a year, I have seventy-eight dollars. As long as I take the quarter, and the ribbing, I continue to get the money. Once I take the dollar, the game will be done, and it will all be over.”
Today’s verses are not saying there’s anything wrong with silver or gold. However, money will not help you get wisdom. Whereas wisdom on the other hand, will help you get all you’ll need. That’s the right kind wisdom, God’s wisdom.
Remember our main author of Proverbs, Solomon. There was a time when God offered him anything, and he desired wisdom. What he got was wisdom, and all that came with it. He was considered the wealthiest man on the planet. Why? It was because he was not looking for money. He was looking to God. Look to God to supply all your needs, and seek His wisdom.
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