Take my instruction instead of silver,
    and knowledge rather than choice gold,
 for wisdom is better than jewels,
    and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Proverb 8:10-11

We value things in our lives: our homes, cars, relationships, our church, and a host of other items that we probably could not list if we tried. We have unique items, of course, that have been passed down from generation to generation. Then there are those pictures we value, protect, and probably place in an album for safekeeping (or store in the cloud). Whatever those things are, they are valuable to us, and we would be heartbroken to lose them or see them ruined. 

The same can be said  — Indeed, ought to be said, about the wisdom and knowledge of God. We value many things, but the question these verses press on our minds, hearts, and will is: “Do we value that which is most important?” Proverbs 8 has often been referred to as one that describes the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the full embodiment of perfect wisdom. In him, we find hope and rest; in him, we find true knowledge and instruction. He declared that he is “the way, the truth, and the life.” (Jn. 14:6). Therefore, what we should prize and value, more than anything else, is him! Note that we should desire him, and in him, we find all the wisdom and knowledge necessary for the affairs of this life. We desire to possess Christ in all his beauty and majesty. We want to know Christ in all his glory, revealed in the Holy Scriptures. We are thankful for the blessings that flow from this knowledge: peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, an increase of grace, and perseverance to the end. We are grateful that in him is all the wisdom and knowledge one needs. Most adopted children of the Most High would quickly agree with those statements and acknowledge with their lips that they are true and needful. Yet, I wonder, does that knowledge cause you to pursue Christ as he is offered in the Word of God? What does that look like? 

First, it is demonstrated by a desire to hear him as he is communicated in the Scriptures. The wisdom of God is poured out in the books of the Bible. There, we learn of the mind of the Spirit who wrote them. We cannot expect the right knowledge and wisdom if we do not spend time in them each day, meditating on the glory of Christ, the commandments of our God, and the precepts and principles that are found within. 

Second, do you take advantage of the means the all-wise Savior provides for you each Lord’s Day? Do you prioritize your week to ensure you are sitting at the Savior’s feet, listening to his voice as the Word of God is read and preached? There, God uniquely meets with those who desire his wisdom more than all the other treasures of this life. Do you focus your entire day around his worship, public and private? Perhaps you struggle with other things that are not wrong in and of themselves. Yet, are they worth missing Christ and the wisdom and instruction he desires to give you? Are those things worth your soul? What can a man give in exchange for his soul? 

These verses probe us and demand an answer from us. They ask us: “Who is your first love?” They require a response. Where your treasure – those things you find meaningful and valuable – is where your heart will be. Where your heart is, is where you will give your attention and time. There are many good things in life, but nothing can compare with Christ. Do you prize him above all things? Is there proof of that? 

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