In the late 1970s, thousands of men and women rushed to the American West. In the tradition of the diehard prospectors of 1849, they dredged river bottoms and reopened gold fields long since abandoned. The activity, however, was not sparked by new finds. The same old metal had been there all the time. But because the value of gold had skyrocketed, the dust and flecks were now worth mining.
Suppose you knew that 100 pounds of pure gold could be found somewhere in the walls of your house? What you wouldn’t do to find it!
Now let’s change the stakes. What would we do if we knew that a large amount of wisdom was in our house? Well, it is! God tells us that nothing compares in value with the spiritual treasures contained in the Bible—not even gold at the highest prices (Job 28:12-17).
We would probably search everywhere in our house to find 100 pounds of gold. Yet, do we seek with as great a diligence the mind and will of God? As His followers, we should long to understand the fear of the Lord and to develop a hatred of evil—which the Bible says is true wisdom (v.28). And its value has never been higher. We need a new rush—not for gold, but for God!
More valuable than diamonds rare
Is priceless wisdom from above;
With purest gold it can't compare
Because it's filled with truth and love. —DJD
Wisdom is understanding what's really important.