How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. (Proverbs 16:16)
Christians live in a material world, but our citizenship is in heaven. Jesus taught us to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. One way to do that is to “get wisdom and understanding” by fearing God and keeping His commandments. King Solomon had both great wisdom and great wealth. He was in a unique position to judge which of these is more valuable. He concluded wealth will not ultimately satisfy the soul – it is vanity: “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). But, to possess wisdom equips both the rich and the poor with necessary tools to live with God now as well as obtain eternal riches in the next life. The choice is yours – and there really is no comparison. Be wise and lay up for yourself treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).