Wisdom: More Precious Than Rubies. In the book of Proverbs there are two women of different character. One of wisdom. Proverbs 3:15 “She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” She calls people to shun evil and turn to God.
The other woman is loud, defiant and foolish. She calls out from her door with temptations of immoral living: Proverbs 9:17 “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” Describing her as an adulterous woman, Proverbs 7:25-27 “Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a might throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”
Proverbs is full of thieves, sluggards, quarrelers, mockers and gossips, as well as people who are wise, careful, just, kind and generous. Proverbs 20:9 “Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?”
The wisdom of the Bible calls us back to God, to repentance from sin, to right living. Putting God first in our lives is the only way to truly live. That is why Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Our search for wisdom leads us to Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.”
Lord, you are our heart’s desire, our treasure more precious than rubies! Thank you that we have the riches of full life in Christ. Amen (G. Young)