Proverbs 8:18-21, Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
There is an advertisement on television that goes like this.
A married couple has come into some money and the husband is dreaming of spending it on a new BMW or Mercedes automobile.
But his dreams are quickly brought to earth by his wife.
Balloons soon pop and his dreams are deflated.
Prudence, his wife, reminds him that cars deteriorate and lose value while solid investments in some fund, the particular fund that is being promoted, will gain value over the long term.
People, especially women who normally live longer than men, are interested in long term gain from their investments.
But most people do not think long term enough.
Wisdom brings a focus on this in this passage for she uses terms like durable, fruit, revenue and substance.
She says that those that love her will receive things that are durable, that will last the test of time and eternity.
She says that those that love her will enjoy the riches and honor that are inherent in wisdom.
She says that there is no comparison between her fruit and fine gold.
She says that her paths never stray from uprightness in every area and relation, and in a right standing with God.
She also promises an inheritance that will last, not a fine automobile that will eventually end up in a rust heap of metal to be used in the building of anotherís dream.
There is an inheritance to those who love wisdom.
Wisdom causes those that love her to inherit substance.
This is not an inheritance of earthly goods which fade after time but an inheritance that has substance, that which lasts beyond any investment upon this earth.
It is sin pardoned, it is a reconciliation with the Father above, it is the Comforter of God who brings us a new mind, a mind like His Son, Jesus Christ.
It is having a place of abode in the Fatherís house that has been prepared by one who gave his life that we may dwell with him in that house forever.
The mind is boggled when you think of it all isnít it.
When you really ponder these words you can be positively giddy in joy for what awaits those who love wisdom.
Wisdom shows her love to those that love her in what is done for them.
Donít you do this for those you love?
Isnít your love shown by your actions toward the one that you love?
So too wisdom gives eternal riches, honor, fruit, a leading in righteousness and judgment, substance and a filling of treasures.
Jesus Christ was clear in this when he told us to Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Wisdomís cry is to the sons of men to think long term, to think eternally, to think of investment in that which lasts.
Paul said it succinctly in:
2 Corinthians 4:18, While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
This is what eyes of faith see.
For the things of earth shall grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
I Peter 1:3-5, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.