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Wisdom Says: Dollars v. Value

by in Soul Food

“Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 8:10-11)

Wisdom calls out to us to listen, to hear her, to slow down and grow wise. Yesterday, she said we could trust her; she knows what she’s talking about. In the next breath, she emphasizes that she’s not selling anything — and her goal isn’t to make us rich.

hurting_350Wisdom is not offering us the path to wealth. Instead, she says she can show us the way to a life of value that makes money look cheap. Money isn’t the point. All the stuff money can buy isn’t the point. You can own the world and still be a majorette in the parade of fools.

The longer we listen to wisdom, the more we’ll be convinced: Chasing dollars always leads to foolishness. It takes God’s wisdom to know how to live with money without living for money. It takes no money to become Wisdom’s student and invest in a valuable life.

Think: We all want money. Do you want wisdom more than money? Do you believe wisdom is more valuable than cash?

Pray: Ask God to help your desire for money and wisdom to be in proportion to the true value of each of those things.

Do: Read Proverbs 3.

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