What is Wisdom Worth?
By Mark Harris
For years I have had a personal quest to acquire wisdom. My search started 40 years ago this year. It has been a fascinating journey.
In the book of Proverbs, verse 4:7 (NKJ) says, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
I wonder how many Jesus followers believe wisdom is the principle thing in life. When I started my personal quest for wisdom, I was a stockbroker. I came across Proverbs 16:16, How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. It caused me to pause and ask, “Do I value wisdom more than silver and gold?” I can honestly say that I did not!
I had never heard of such a thing from my parents or from my professors in college. Maybe it was being taught in church, but I didn’t go to church at that time in my life. I believed wisdom was a synonym for knowledge. Reading the Proverbs and Psalms every day I learned that they are not the same thing.
Wisdom is something so valuable nothing compares with it. For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:11
The other day I was curious. How many times have I read Proverbs and Psalms over my 4o-year quest? I calculated I have read the books of Proverbs and Psalms over 480 times. When I calculated how many times I had read a chapter of Proverbs and five chapters of Psalms daily, it was 14,600 straight days of trying to acquire wisdom. I still miss God’s ideal from time to time, but I am so much closer to aligning my life with God’s ways than when I started so many decades ago.
I have concluded that the best definition of wisdom is knowing how to accomplish things God’s way. My definition of understanding is best described as the ability to discern God’s will in every situation.
When I started I believed God’s word, that wisdom is the principle thing and that nothing can be compared to it in value. Do you believe that?
The world is so desperately seeking wise leaders. As a nation we seem to be largely void of biblical wisdom. Occasionally, someone on the public scene will say something wise. But most of the time, people, particularly leaders, spout foolishness and call it wisdom. The sad truth is that most Americans don’t know the difference. The Bible asks, Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, since he has no heart for it? Proverbs 17:16
If you are unsettled by the things you see and hear circulated as wisdom in our generation, know that I am, too.
If you want to know how to accomplish things God’s way in your personal life, I would encourage you to read Proverbs and Psalms each day in search of wisdom. Below is a PDF you can download that will help you.
If you want the ability to know God’s way in every situation and every decision you make, ask God for wisdom. James 1:5 encourages us, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. I predict we are going to need a great deal of wisdom to navigate the future. I am praying for you to have wisdom in all the decisions you will need to make this year. Pray for me, too. And remember, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
This PDF is a 31 day tool to explore two of those books, Psalms and Proverbs. We hope this is a useful tool for you in your pursuit of godly wisdom!
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