13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.
Have you ever found something that made you really happy? Last night Bobbi left her drink cup at a small shop in the mall. We went to dinner with a family and on the way out she stopped at the shop and her drink cup was still there. She found it and she was happy. I remember losing children in malls and being overjoyed when we found them. You have had the same lost and found moments. In this verse we are told that when wisdom is found happiness is the result. Gaining understanding also makes us happy. The writer goes on to explain that wisdom is more precious than great wealth and all that can be humanly desired.
When we find wisdom we also gain length of days, true riches and true honor. Think about it, how often do we get happy when someone wins the lottery, gets a clean bill of health, or gets something they always wanted? The gain of something we wanted brings us joy. How much more joy should we get when we gain God’s wisdom and gain His understanding for life’s situations?
We don’t usually think this way. We don’t think about gaining something intangible that is of great value to us and to others. So Solomon writes to bring us clarity about that which really matters. The book of Proverbs is a good place to start in the search for wisdom that matters. I began reading a Proverb a day in high school and did so through high school and college. This month I found myself back in Proverbs and still learning God’s wisdom and His knowledge for life’s situations. Rejoice in the finding of wisdom and knowledge. Most everything else we get happy about is temporal.
Good news and God’s answer to our prayers: my dad went home Thursday. He passed the PT test and so did not require a stay in a rehab facility. We talked this morning and he is really glad to be out of the miserable hospital. If you live in the area and have a chance to go see them, please do. It means a lot when friends stop by.
Pray again for Sunday. Wherever you attend church the pastor is preparing to bring a message to you from God’s word. This spiritual preparation is not without spiritual attacks. Pray for all of Sunday’s preparations so that as the church gathers around the Word of God that the Spirit of God will meet with us all.
Have a great day in the Lord,