Thursday, April 6, 2023

Daily Devotion: Wisdom Over Money

Bible Reading:  Ecclesiastes 7:11-19

Key Verse: Verse 12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”

Key Words:
 wisdom giveth life

The point of our key verse is that both wisdom and money are used for protection, but only wisdom gives life.

George W. Truett, long-time pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, was invited to dinner in the home of a wealthy man in Texas.  After the meal, the host led him to a place where they could get a good view of the surrounding area.

Pointing to oil wells punctuating the landscape, he boasted, “Twenty-five years ago I had nothing.  Now, as far as you can see, it’s all mine.”  Looking in the opposite direction at his sprawling fields of grain, he said, “That’s all mine.”  Turning east toward huge herds of cattle, he bragged, “They’re all mine.”  Then, pointing to the west and a beautiful forest, he exclaimed, “That too is all mine.”  He paused, expecting Truett to compliment him on his great success. 

Truett, however, placing a hand on the man’s shoulder and pointing heavenward, simply said, “How much do you have in that direction?”  The man hung his head and confessed, “I never thought of that.”  Although that wealthy Texan had succeeded in making money, he had failed to prepare for eternity.

I trust that money isn’t keeping you from the most valuable thing in life – salvation. 

What to do:
✞ Real wisdom is not in how much money you have, but in those things which are eternal.

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