Wisdom Over Wealth

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Proverbs 16:15

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”

I Kings 3:5

The Lord asked Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted from Him. Oh, can you even imagine what some of our replies to that kind of request would be? I’m sure that some of us would ask for creature comforts: to be financially secure, to have a mansion or fine car or perhaps there would be some of us that would ask for more noble things like world peace or an end to hunger and suffering of those less fortunate. However, Solomon only asked God for one thing: wisdom.  Solomon remembered that he was the king of Israel. He asked for the ability to be able to judge appropriately for the multitude of people for which he was accountable.  It was his heart’s desire to do his job well and to benefit the people with wisdom because he truly cared about them. Because of his earnest request, God not only gave him wisdom, but also riches, honor and a long life (I Kings 4:29-34).

We would do well to ask God also for wisdom.  Many of us are facing economic challenges, personal challenges, and challenges with people, but through it all what will we ask God for? Do we want more money, do we want our trials to go away, do we want certain people to vanish from our periphery? Perhaps we should ask for wisdom to deal with the lot we have been given. Most times it is because of our lack of wisdom and discernment that we make our circumstances worse. Instead of more money, we need to know how to be good stewards of the money we already have. Instead of our problems going away, we need to know how to stand in our adversity so that God gets the glory and the praise. Instead of those tricky relationships disappearing from our lives, we need to learn to love the hell out of folks and to give them the same lovingkindness and longsuffering that Christ bestows to us daily!

Wisdom – far better than wealth, far better than acquiring possessions or things that we think will make us happy or feel good. Just as in the case of Solomon, if we ask for the wisdom of God, He will loop around and ease some of those other pressures as well. Solomon became well known for his wisdom and justice and as a result great wealth and prestige came to him as well.

Whatever you are facing today, ask for God’s wisdom so that you will portray His grace and mercy in your life. He may not take away the challenges you face, but He can give you the knowledge and discernment you will need to get through them.

©2009 Candie A. Price

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