Proverbs 8:10-11

Take my instruction instead of silver,

    and knowledge rather than choice gold,

for wisdom is better than jewels,

    and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

Proverbs 8:10-11 ESV

Wisdom challenges us to go against modern culture, which idolizes wealth and prestige. Take the Oscars, for example. The red carpet entry gives onlookers the opportunity to gaze upon wealth and prestige and influence. As the stars enter, we are informed of the maker of their clothes and jewelry. We are reminded of their latest movie, which paid them millions to make. How many of us, in that moment, would think, “I need wisdom, not all this.”

Yet, this proverb tells us that nothing we desire (i.e., silver, gold, jewels) can compare with wisdom.

Does that challenge your heart? How should you respond?

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