Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wisdom Not Riches

Proverbs 8:8-9 - All the words of my mouth are righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.

All throughout the proverbs wisdom and understanding is looked upon as the best thing to have. As I mentioned before, Solomon asked for it over riches...he got riches as well because his original request pleased God. But, we should not confuse grasping for wisdom for the sake of obtaining riches, except for the kind of blessings God imparts. And His blessings or riches, while sometimes in the natural, are also spiritual...better than those things we can lay our hands on.

Last post mentioned the excellence of wisdom. God's wisdom brings only good. Only. And as this proverb (and others) continues, the words of wisdom are true and plain and right only to him who understands.

This is where Jesus comes in! When we receive Him, as we are instructed to (Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...Acts 2:38), we become filled with His Holy Spirit. With His Holy Spirit we will find it easier to understand the truth of His Word.

To receive Christ is the greatest gift. He has all we need, the greatest treasure. The way, truth and life. We cannot have true life (or truth) without Christ. Many pursue other things first believing these are the things that bring life. In the end, and we've all heard this before, we leave this earth with nothing, not even our accomplishments. But in Christ we have all that is good, all that we need, spiritually.

We are to desire His wisdom and understanding over silver or gold. Wisdom is better than rubies. Better than treasures. Do you see? Nothing else compares to God's wisdom, which comes through Christ, because He became our wisdom (1Corinthians 1:30). In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). When we receive Christ we become in Him and in Him we receive this wisdom.

Don't know how this fits in here but a thought popped into my head...I am always reminded that no matter where I live, no matter what house, what community, what city, it makes no difference because if I have Christ and I am in Him, He will be there. In Him is peace and contentment. Amen. Whatever He chooses to place me...there He is to provide my every need. Praise the Lord. 
Receive Christ, receive wisdom and understanding. Be open to understanding. Be open to receiving Christ.

Proverbs 8:14 - Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.

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