Lesson 51

If I said that I would give you $1,000,000 today or 1 copper penny that I would double your amount each day, which one would you choose?  First instinct is to take the 1 mil instead of the piddly penny.  But if you in reality took my penny offer you would exceed the one million mark at day 38.  What sounds good at the moment is not always worth it in the end.  You could come out losing.
Proverbs 8:10-11 says:
Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her. (NIV)

If you opened a door that was filled to the rafters with silver, gold, and precious stones and then told me that I could have it all or could have a college education.  I’d take what was before me.  I’m no fool.  Or am I?  Silver is only as valuable as the market says it is.  It also can be melted and destroyed.  The same goes for gold.  There are some cultures in which gold is only worth is as decorations.  Rubies are a dime a dozen in some countries as well as diamonds and other stones that we place so much value on.  They fluctuate in popularity, value, and are perishable.  They also can be spent quickly and you’ll be left with nothing.
Yet knowledge and wisdom can never be taken away from you.  They can save your life, give you correct guidance, and protect you from the evil of others.
Now, which would you choose: the room full of riches or wisdom to last a life time?
Maybe now is a good time to think of the priorities of your life.  I mean what is important to you.  How important is wisdom?  You might be going through this study with me, but how important is it to you?  Are you willing to forgo riches, status, popularity, possessions to obtain true wisdom?  Think on this.  It is very important as you go through this.