The Book of Proverbs is filled with Solomon’s repeated exhortation to his son to receive instruction, choose knowledge and walk in the way of wisdom. In today’s proverbs, Solomon describes the enduring value of wisdom.
Proverbs 8:10-11 – “Receive [lay hold; seize] my instruction [reproof; correction], and not silver; and knowledge [cunning; discernment] rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom [discernment to make right choices] is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired [wealth; possessions; fame] are not to be compared to it[wisdom].”
Solomon is not suggesting that silver, gold and precious jewels have no value; however, they represent that which is earthly and temporal. Wealth and possessions provide pleasure, but they cannot buy happiness. Money in the bank offers security, but it cannot give peace. Precious jewels might capture the eyes with its facets reflecting light, but they cannot give light to the eye when one’s life has expired.
A wise man recognizes the temporal value of wealth and possessions and sets his heart to receive instruction and accept correction. His passion is for wisdom, not wealth; therefore he treasures the eternal over earthly treasures.
What do you treasure? Where is your heart? What dominates your thoughts and affections?
Matthew 6:19-21 – “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”