All of life seems to center on accumulating. It begins innocently enough with all of the stuffed animals and toys and games our parents and grandparents surround us with and then expands as we long for the next new doll or action figure.
We move into our teens and though what entices our eyes changes, the desire for more and better doesn’t. Jewelry and techie gadgets and then cars begin to catch our attention as friends around us showcase their latest and greatest purchase.
But at some point along the way, we discover all these acquired possessions do not truly satisfy for very long. They’re enjoyable and entertaining, but sooner or later, they either break, lose luster, or get misplaced. And so the pursuit continues.
Such purchases were never intended to fulfill. While providing moments of pleasure, they really don’t bring lasting gratification. No wonder the wisest man of his time had this to say: “For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her” (Proverbs 8:11)
Even jewels of incredible value don’t compare to the excellence of wisdom. This eternal resource doesn’t lose relevance or value. Solomon adds this (4:7): “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom.” Do you have it? Are you pursuing it?