“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge [and] discretion.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.
Riches and honor [are] with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.
My fruit [is] better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.
I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.”
~Proverbs 8:12, 17-21, NKJV
How do I define rich?
I have head knowledge enough to know that it shouldn’t be money or stuff. But in practical, everyday life, I’m going to have to own that the barometer of wealth usually is the number in my account. Or the stuff that I get to buy. Or the toys I’ve accumulated. It’s almost cliché to say that I am rich in Christ—something that’s easily said, but not as simple to digest.
Proverbs eight is a soliloquy of wisdom. She calls out in the streets, inviting the prudent to inherit her wealth. And what is that wealth, exactly? Truth. Righteousness. Knowledge. Understanding. Discretion. Where did she get this treasury? Proverbs 1:7, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” From God Himself.
How does God define rich? Wisdom. And it is available, He invites us to seek it.
When you think ‘I am rich,’ what comes to mind—and does that idea extend beyond materials and circumstances?