The Christians Greatest Need
The Christians Greatest Need (Proverbs 8:11)
Proverbs 8:11, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
In May of 2012, a 32-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring—that was part of the collection of Lily Safra, one of the richest women in the world—was sold at an auction. The pre-auction estimate for the sale was $3–5 million, but the final sale price ended up at $6.7 million. It is believed to be the most expensive ruby ever sold.
As valuable as rubies are, the Bible tells us that wisdom is far better and more valuable. That which is most valuable with God is not recognized by men as a treasure. No earthly treasure can compare to wisdom because nothing else offers the same protection, benefits, and blessings that wisdom does. People often spare no expense to increase their wealth, but the same is not always true concerning wisdom. Wisdom’s instruction is far more precious than gold, silver, or rubies. All the other things that men desire is not worthy of being compared to wisdom and her teachings, yet a great majority of men place little or no value on wisdom’s teachings. Solomon used the image of searching for silver and hidden treasures to illustrate the effort required to gain wisdom (Proverbs 2:5-6). James and Solomon tell us that God gives us wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5; Proverbs 2:6).
1. Wisdom’s Source.
For wisdom is God alone. The throne of God in heaven is the place that we must go to get wisdom if we are to have it. Every river has a source and if the source dries up then the river would dry up. Lake Victoria is the source for the Nile River and God is the source for wisdom. This is a promise from God that we can have if we want it bad enough. These promises connect the wisdom of God from his throne to our life. As a river flows from it source so wisdom flows from the heart of God to those who are thirsty for it.
2. Wisdom’s Supply.
God's wisdom is more abundant than the water that fills all our oceans in the world today. Every Christian in the world could ask God for wisdom and receive a generous supply and it would not put the heavenly reservoir in jeopardy. This source will never dry up because God's resources cannot be exhausted. This is a pure source that has no corruption from man.
3. Wisdom’s Satisfaction.
We can have God’s wisdom and it will greatly enrich our life. The wisdom of God is perfect and it has no flaws in it. Nothing in this world can satisfy or substitute for the wisdom of God. Godly wisdom is superior to anything that is in this world, consider the following verses. Proverbs 8:11, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” Ecclesiastes 9:16, “Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.” Ecclesiastes 9:18, “Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.”
4. Wisdom’s Significance.
Silver, gold, and rubies, even in superabundance, are only "things." But things can dominate our lives. The poor man may spend his life worrying about the things he does not have. The rich man may spend his life worrying about the things he does have. Yet Jesus said, "A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15). The world of thought is far more important than the world of things. Things are deceptive. They hold our thoughts down so that we become occupied with the material, the physical, and the temporal. Continually, Solomon stresses the blessing of having wisdom. It should be the desire of every Christian to delight in having wisdom. It is more precious than rubies. It will preserve you against danger and destruction and promote you into leadership. It will cause your father to be pleased with you. Wisdom is the principal thing! When you give wisdom to others you will receive it, too. The consequence of our generosity is we will reap generosity in our own lives. Wisdom would have us look up. A desire for wealth will fasten our focus on this world. Wisdom would teach us to wait and work towards the life to come, to lay up treasure in Heaven, and to become "rich toward God" (Luke 12:21). Wisdom is better than wealth. Wealth can be lost but wisdom partakes of the infinite nature of God and endures forever.
PRAYER, Father, Your Word says that You will give us wisdom if we will ask for it. Forgive me for all the times that failed to ask You for it. Your wisdom is available to me at all times. Thank You for those You have allowed to come into my life to help me become wiser. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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