19My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 20I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 21That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. -Proverbs 8:19-21 (KJV)
I was commenting in a recent worship service how countless people spend their entire lives searching for happiness and fulfillment and yet they come up empty. The problem comes when they search in the wrong places. People will look for fulfillment in jobs, relationships, hobbies, and money, and while there is actually nothing wrong with these things they will not bring us complete fulfillment. True fulfillment comes when our hearts are right with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
When we trust in the Lord and walk in His ways He brings into our lives godly wisdom for daily living and for getting our priorities straight. The book of Proverbs has wisdom crying out like a person inviting people to leave their lives of recklessness and follow the good way which is the way of godly wisdom. For followers of Christ the good and desirable way is the way of the cross. According to the Word of God wisdom is crying out. Yet, we wonder if anyone is listening. All around us are people who have chosen to tackle life on their own strength and resources. Godly wisdom leads us to understand the power of choosing instead to follow God and the principles set down in the Bible.
A lack of wisdom will lead people to do all sorts of odd behaviors. I read about a man who was at an airport and he ended up being late for his flight. Having found out his luggage was on the plane which had just taken off the man told the airline personnel they needed to bring the plane back immediately. His reason? He said there was a bomb in his suitcase. There was no bomb; the man just thought at the time this would get his flight turned around. The man ended up taking a trip all right – to the federal authorities who were not at all amused by his hoax.
I think of people who live desperate lives and carry out bizarre schemes. Godly wisdom leads us to live lives of truth, integrity, and honestly. Choose the good way. Choose to walk in God’s wisdom.