Proverbs 3:13–14 (ESV)
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.
Learning truth and applying it makes one wise. There is great value in spending our time on earth wisely. Applying our hearts to wisdom is better than earning money, collecting diamonds, silver, or gold. Blessings of greater value are in store when we learn the truth from God’s word.
When we fail to gather wisdom and then live by it we bring unnecessary hurt upon ourselves. A wise person walks in security, and does not stumble in foolishness. God created us to think and reason. We are to “prove all things and hold fast to the good” (1Th 5:21). We are to “not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ep 5:17). It is time now to “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ep 5:15).
Being righteous is synonymous with being wise, while foolish people are akin to sinners. The wise find true life (Pr 3:22) for their souls. They have no fear in death. The wise have sweet sleep and no fear of sudden terror. Whereas the fool comes to ruin. The difference is “inclining your heart to understanding” (Pr 2:2) equips you with the knowledge of God (2:5). God grants wisdom to those who seek diligently for it (Ja 1:5). How many of us are seeking to know God’s word to build our store of wisdom and not falter in sin and foolishness? Knowing God and following His ways are prime purposes in this life.