Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Transcendent Excellency: Divine Wisdom
The transcendent excellency divine wisdom
"For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly!"
See the transcendent excellency divine wisdom.
Men desire health--but bodily health is only for a time.
Divine wisdom gives perpetual health, both of body and soul.
Men desire wealth--but riches are not forever.
Divine wisdom gives unsearchable riches--enduring riches!
Men desire life--but human life is brief.
Divine wisdom gives everlasting life, and life in perfection and interminable blessedness.
Men desire honor--but earthly honor is fading.
Divine wisdom confers the highest honors, associating us in the nearest relation with God, who is the source of all real honor.
Men desire pleasure--but what does earthly pleasure amount to?
Divine wisdom leads . . .
to rivers of pleasure,
to oceans of joy,
to fountains of purest delight!
Men desire fame--but fame among sinners, is but a puff of noisy breath.
Divine wisdom makes us famous, if not on earth--in Heaven; if not in time--in eternity!
If therefore we would possess health and wealth;
if we would live forever, and live forever in honor;
if we would enjoy endless pleasure, and shine among God's worthies
--then we must get wisdom! It is transcendently excellent, for all the world would not purchase it--though God freely gives it! Nor would the possession of the whole world make up for the loss of it--if we neglect and despise it. Nor would a world, or ten thousand worlds, make a man half so happy!
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom!" Proverbs 4:7