16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
This timeless truth has been proven throughout history in every generation of mankind. The man next to me on the airplane was watching a movie I had never seen entitled, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Though I could not hear the words the plot was evident, an extremely rich man gives his new wife incredible stuff, a yacht, a mansion, world travel, and more. She is elated over the gift. However, as the story continued there were problems in their marriage, problems with their friends, ultimately problems with the Law and more. I fell asleep and did not see how it ended but it seemed to make the point that they had riches but not wisdom and understanding about what was important in life.
While this seems to be an extreme example it is evidence that the world knows the importance of wisdom in life. We all agree that when we have the love of family and friends we are rich in this life. But then we see something we want or a financial goal we would like and, if we are not careful, we can sacrifice what is of less importance for that which is of more importance. In the end, we regret our choices and so do those whom we love. Wisdom is better than the riches of gold and getting understanding is better than choosing mountains of silver.
When we get this, we will know the highway of the upright which enables us to travel above the way of the evil of this world. Evil is everywhere, but following God’s righteousness enables us, as it were, to fly above the filth. When we keep ourselves on the right road, we make the righteous turns, we will preserve our way, that is, we will live to protect our soul from all of that evil. We understand the idea of choosing the right road. The wrong road can lead us to time wasted, opportunities lost, and more.
Seek God’s wisdom more than gold and silver and find His highways your travelling place above the mess of those rejecting God’s instructions.
Throughout my life, God has shown me over and over that when I fully rely on Him that He is the faithful One who has all that I need and will do His will when I entrust all to Him. The Lord has shown Himself powerful throughout the Old Testament narratives, in the New Testament church, throughout history, and in my life. I thank God today for His power that works in us when we live to submit ourselves to Him and to His best.
I enjoyed Sunday’s message on “The Church, A Spiritual Hospital.” And while we want to provide all who come with the hope and the plan for healing that they need, there are times that every church member comes to the church as a patient in need of spiritual healing. Pray with me that JIBC will be known as a place of spiritual healing for all people. Ask the Lord to give us a vision of this and a heart to really help the hurting of this life
Sunday morning, I announced that a group from Elsafon School for the Blind was coming September 15th. They called us and asked if they could come the 8th instead. So, as you plan to invite people, we have a week less to plan this.
Have a great day in the Lord,