Wisdom can sometimes be too good to be true! As we have seen here in chapter 8, she is out in the streets, calling for followers, she speaks righteously, her value is beyond comparison, she hates evil, and guides kings and judges in their decision making. There is still more about her, and we see here in verses 17-21 that wisdom has an abundance of riches with her that endures.
“17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. 18 Riches and honour are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.”
Verses 17-19 seem to be saying, “Seek first wisdom, and you will be blessed with things worth more than any earthly riches.”
Is it too hard a saying? Possibly it’s too much work for you to seek wisdom. This passage is trying to persuade you to change your mind. There is much to be gained with me, says wisdom. Righteousness and honour are with her, as well as enduring riches. As an unblemished character of God, wisdom cannot be without goodness and honour and invites you to partake in her fruit.
Do you love wisdom? If so, wisdom is working hard for you. She is carrying down the path of righteousness for you. She is intent on bringing about wealth for you. Maybe not the *clink, clink* of gold, but definitely riches worth keeping. This is certainly a blessing for us who work hard to be godly, and don’t seem to get any better for all the effort. God grants blessings for those who love His wisdom and desires to fill our treasuries with His riches.
If we were to make an argument for wisdom to the world, I wonder if we would be so bold as to say, “God’s wisdom is better than gold! Seek wisdom more than you seek after money and comfort!” It is certainly a hard enough thing to accept ourselves!
May we approach God with a humble heart and seek His wisdom diligently. She is worth it. God is worth it. Amen.