Wisdom Versus Wealth?

Wealth or wisdom? Which masters the other.
Wealth or wisdom? Which masters the other.

Wisdom Versus Wealth?

Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, and an advantage to those who see the sun. For wisdom is protection as money is protection, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner. Consider the work of God; for who can straighten out what He has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: without question, God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot discover anything that will come after him. Eccl 7:11-14 (HCSB)

Consider the value of wisdom versus wealth. Which of the two is more valuable and enduring? Which of the two once obtained cannot be taken away? Which has only increasing value and does not fluctuate unless not used properly by the owner?

All the treasures of the world cannot guarantee happiness and contentment. Wealth consumes and can never satisfies what resides inside a man. Power, prestige and position may be bought with gold and silver, but can wealth satiate the lusts within man’s heart? Wealth stirs envy in others and lures the thief and robber to steal the possessions we claimed with wealth. And, before we brag, one thief exists no one can prevent from distributing our wealth to others: Death! What wealth exists beyond the grave?

Now, consider wisdom. Wisdom continues to grow as we nurture and reap the fruit it bears while we mature through life nourished by wisdom. Yet how does anyone gain wisdom? The seed of wisdom is a gift from God. It is the only investment man can profit from through time and faith. If we seek God’s will, ways, and wisdom each day and apply what we learn from God, wisdom sprouts within us and changes our lives.

Wisdom and knowledge are commodities always in high demand, but short on supply. Thus, in the end, wealth migrates to the wise who understands that wealth has short-term, relative value. A wise man understands what absolute value wisdom offers, because God alone is the alpha and omega of all knowledge and wisdom.

The wise man never frets as worldly wealth ebbs and flows because he understands God brings both good times and bad times for a purpose. Ultimately, all things work to the good for those who love and trust God – no matter the circumstances they find themselves facing in life. (The Story of Job sits as a book of Wisdom for this reason.)

Wealth ebbs and flows, but wisdom from God never loses it value. However, be careful not to mistake man’s wisdom for God’s wisdom. One is absolute, the other relative and unreliable. Always identify the wisdom you desire. Filter the wisdom you discover against God’s Wisdom, if what you claim is from God it will offer unshakable truth. Otherwise, it is from man. Likewise, time always increases the value of wisdom that flows from God. That is the final test of God’s wisdom versus man’s wisdom.

Choose wisely between wisdom versus wealth. Wealth comes fraught with risks, wisdom overcomes all risks. Final thought: Only one can master the other. Choose wisely.


Words of Wisdom #239-23EC

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2 thoughts on “Wisdom Versus Wealth?”

  1. My Dear Friend,

    I believe that Wisdom is similar to gracce, though God pours on Grace, his perfect gift, and we can ask for grace, though we can seek grace through our prayers, but from there–It is all up to God as to how it will be dispersed. When it does not come we begin to question; “Did God hear us?” Then when our prayers or wishes seem to fail–Then we are left to ponder God’s intentions.//Wisdom may be that grace, for there is no end to wisdom, and retired professor Carroll Helm in, “Paradoxes and Mysteries of God ,” does address prayers where we come up still feeling empty, but in Christ we are one of many parts–And the portion we cannot resolve–We want it answered in our time, and laid in hand, but, “Wisdom,” takes time to search and to understand, but do not fail to ask what God expects us to, “Why?” We are all theologians seeking to understand God’s ways, and we would all like to be rich; “Wouldn’t we,” and the box of shining coins would be the infant’s choice for play, but we’ve been told that wisdom cannot be destroyed, that the search is ever lasting, and for all that was uncovered in the past; It is Wisdom the first thing an invader endeavors to destroy, for it turns civilization back by hundreds if not thousands of years. The gold can only purchase some time to hide your coins away, and mean while–God with his glorious grace will ease your heart in the most mysterious ways.

  2. Barbara, in my studies and estimation, “Grace” is God’s gift of himself in our lives. His presence with us, to guide, guard and gird us. Wisdom is the by-product of Grace. “Grace” or God’s presence enables us to listen and learn from God’s will, ways and wisdom each step of every day. Also, “wisdom” is like “love”, a goal that cannot be attained in-total in this lifetime, but a destination to pursue, because pursuing them is the pursuit of God Himself. As a friend reminded me in his post today, our motives along the journey matter to God far more than what and how we did along the way. God bless. Keep the faith.

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