According to the bible, money is less valuable than wisdom and understanding; neither of which you can spend at Neiman-Marcus nor Macy’s but stick with me.
Some people never realize that money has its limits. Now, I know you may say “hold up”, everybody needs it and nobody really turns it down, do they? And many may even quote me the scripture that it’s the “love” of money that’s the root of all evil, not the money itself. All true, but here’s what I’ve noticed. In all the talk of people trying to defend the value of money in our lives, nobody really talks about the limited value of money.
According to the bible, money is less valuable than wisdom and understanding; neither of which you can spend at Neiman Marcus nor Macy’s but stick with me.
According to Solomon, who had lots and lots of the stuff? He says that looking over his wealth he realizes that money will not protect you in times of trouble. It may actually create more troubles for you. You’d be surprised if you just did a quick search of the term money in the book of Ecclesiastics and Proverbs see what Solomon had to say about money.
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. Ecclesiastes 7:12
This is the same man who said that money is the answer to everything. And that is probably true in more cases than not in this world. However, Solomon wrote down his observations about life in specific and just his passing observations. In his writings, it is clear that his greatest treasure was his relationship with God. He knew that it would outlast every dime that he possessed.
So as you go about your week, and work hard to get money, keep in the mind the things that money cannot buy and the eternal things that Solomon tells us is worth more than all the gold in the world.
Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
In the hurry and hustle of life, the scriptures cry out to us to take the time to seek and search for God. This takes time and effort. Often we fail to realize the ramifications of not spending that precious time alone with Him. We get overcome by an emptiness that seems to make life more of a struggle. The loads that should be lightened become heavier. The decisions feel more burdensome. This is why the bible encourages each one of us to call out for insight.
When I spiritually counsel people, this question, always seems to come up not only for their sakes but also as a reminder to me, “have you sought God about this?” It’s a query that usually causes a mix of feelings. People frequently seek human counsel while seeking God about a particular matter. Nevertheless, it’s a question I have to ask. I want to know how they believe God has already directed them or where they feel he’s leading.
The scripture invites us to ask God about our every step. He wants to be invited into every aspect of our lives. Sometimes I would think “God knows about everything anyway, so do I really have to pray about this”? Yet, I believe that it is the action of seeking that helps us interact and connect with God on a higher level. That’s why he invites the action and actually uses “seeking” in a separate way from “prayer”. Two different words in scripture, because these there are two different emphases.
Yet, in this particular scripture, Solomon encourages deep effort and a high level of action on our part to know God. We are his creation, not the other way around, so it’s important to understand who he is and what his desires are for our lives. The bible says that the heavens declare God’s identity and character, and still there is more to know.