For skillful and Godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls,
and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. (Proverbs 8:11
Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth
and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God). (Verse 18)
It occurs to me that God is teaching us that if we do not have enduring wealth and righteousness, it is not God’s fault but our own lack of wisdom.
Recently I have had a string of events which cost considerable money. Trouble with the heater in my car, unforeseen dental bills a broken water heater just to name a few. It seemed logical that I should blame the devil for
stealing my finances; however, it seems that wisdom might be a factor. Taking my focus off the important things and allowing myself to become stressed over the first issues might have caused me to miss obvious signs of the latter ones. Whatever
the case may be, when we forget to be grateful for the things God has provided, we open the door for these kinds of issues.
I can’t remember when I have given
thanks for hot water even though it is a very big factor in my hairdressing business. It is probably the most important factor after my experience or skill. All of these things rate right up there with the important things for which I
must be grateful.
It is sad when we take for granted the everyday things God provides
instead of complaining about the unnecessary things we imagine we need. We might be tempted to complain about our older model car, or our small house, instead of being grateful for the heater in the one we have, and the shelter we have enjoyed from
living in our home, including the hot water.
It only takes a few times of suffering
the negative consequences before Wisdom begins to get our attention.
It would seem that an attitude of gratitude would be a precursor to prayers of wisdom. Could
this be one reason God commands us to praise Him?