The Rewards of Wisdom
Proverbs 3; I die daily devotional.
14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.
This profit of wisdom is truly foreign in nature because who in their “right mind”—speaking from a worldly perspective—would die for such a claim as faith in Jesus Christ to be the living Son of God? When I think of silver or gold; I think of what is tangibly profitable in this world that purchases all sorts of desires and pleasures. What would it be like indeed, to possess the responsibility of a cooperating nation given to freedom; a freedom built on the backs of invented machinery that our ancestors sweat, bled, and died to… see? No. We’ve missed the mark indeed, in fact, we’re way off the mark! My ancestors died that we would learn of their faith to live and have love. To work hard in honor of Jesus Christ, a labor worthy to strive for … a living hope!
The value of wisdom is conviction, it’s in the book of Hebrews 11:1—Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. This is that profit she [wisdom] is speaking of, a profit powered by eternal life. Jesus is the profit of this wisdom by way of the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer to sanctify Christ in our hearts. There is a profit of sweetness at the taste of our favorite ice cream; a profit of favor at the taste of belief in the Son of God. The most magnificently good experience on this earth is a life span of 120 years lived in the obedience of service to God, an obedience of daily death. We die daily for the sake of the gospel that testifies to the living One. We’ve died, but faith produces the profit of wisdom that changes our state of being into a living hope that preaches to the nations—the only true God is Jesus!
Proverbs 3 (NASB)—blueletterbible.org
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; 2 For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. 3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones. 9 Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine. 11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, 12 For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. 13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. 14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast. 19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. 20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew. 21 My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, 22 So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck. 23 Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; 26 For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught. 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it, ”When you have it with you. 29 Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you. 30 Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways. 32 For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright. 33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted. 35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.
Matthew Henry (P3-V14) Commentary
II. What the happiness of those is who do find it.
- 1. It is a transcendent happiness, more than can be found in the wealth of this world, if we had ever so much of it, v. 14, 15. It is not only a surer, but a more gainful merchandise to trade for wisdom, for Christ, and grace, and spiritual blessings, than for silver, and gold, and rubies. Suppose a man to have got these in abundance, nay, to have all the things he can desire of this world (and who is it that ever had?), yet,
- (1.) All this would not purchase heavenly wisdom; no, it would utterly be contemned; it cannot be gotten for gold, Job 28:15, etc.
- (2.) All this would not countervail the want of heavenly wisdom nor be the ransom of a soul lost by its own folly.
- (3.) All this would not make a man half so happy, no, not in this world, as those are who have true wisdom, though they have none of all these things.
- (4.) Heavenly wisdom will procure that for us, and secure that to us, which silver, and gold, and rubies, will not be the purchase of.