posted Apr 18, 2011, 2:34 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 2:53 PM by Web Admin ]

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! (Prov.16:16 NIV)

I remember the story of the young child who was given the choice between receiving a sack of candy and a one hundred dollar bill.  The child chose the candy. Why? He did not fully understand the relative value of each.

In looking at gold and sliver, it is easy to see the value of each.  With them we can buy items that would give pleasure to us.  With them we can buy favors from others; many times they will bring admiration and praise.  When we think of wisdom and understanding, the value is more vague.  We know they are good, but the use of them is not as clear.  We can give them lip service many times, but in real life we lean toward the gold and silver.

Jesus poses a question: what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?  How valuable is your soul?  Can you honestly compare the temporary, that can be seen, to the eternal that is often unseen.  The Bible makes it clear that all people are immortal; that  is, all shall exist forever.  How valuable is our soul, our life?  Are we taking any serious time to consider our relationship with God.

The Bible tells us that “the fear of God” is the beginning of wisdom.(Prov.9:10)  To fear God is to stand in awe and respect of him. Who is he?  What does he have to say about life?  Does he tell us anything about a relationship with him?  The Bible does encourage us that God teaches the humble. (Ps.25:9)  As we humble ourselves before him; respect him, we are beginning to get wise.  This is more important that gold!

Remember the bag fo candy and the hundred dollar bill.  Consider the value of your soul.  This will count for eternity. The Bible says if we seek wisdom from God, he will give it liberally.(Ja.1:5)  It will be the beginning of something that is truly worthwhile..