8 To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
Proverbs 19:8 (NLT)
What is true prosperity? Can we have true prosperity without wisdom and understanding? I will explore this subject in this article.
True prosperity must fulfill 2 conditions:
1. It must cover every area in life.
2. It must be able to withstand all storms and to bounce back after every setback.
Let us look at the first condition.
Prosperity from God is not limited to a lot of money alone.
What is the use of money if you are very sick and have to lie on the bed all the time?
What is the use of money if you are full of worries and anxieties?
What is the use of money if your family is breaking up?
What is the use of money if you are going to die soon?
What is the use of money if you are so busy making it that you have no time to enjoy it?
Prosperity from God is complete and covers every area of our lives. It covers both inward and outward living.
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2 (KJV)
In other words, we need to prosper inwardly in order to prosper outwardly. Only then our prosperity can be complete and cover every area of our lives. God gives us wisdom to achieve that. What can the wisdom of God do for us?
13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
In the above verses, wisdom is personified as a woman. She has long life in her right hand, riches and honor in her left. Isn’t that a complete set of prosperity? Note that Wisdom is more profitable and yields better returns than silver and gold. This means that along as you have wisdom, you can get rich even if you have no capital. Wisdom is your most valuable capital.
Verse 13 tells us that wisdom and gaining understanding are together. You can’t separate them. How can we get wisdom and understanding if not from meditating the Word Of God?
Here is more on the benefits of Wisdom:
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
Don’t you like the results of it? Riches, honor, enduring wealth and prosperity! Treasuries full. All these are clear indications that wisdom brings prosperity in our lives. The second condition for prosperity is the ability to withstand all storms and to bounce back after every setback. Can wisdom do that?
13 It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice.
14 Such a youth could rise from poverty and succeed. He might even become king, though he has been in prison.
Of course! The above verse tells us that it is better to be wise even if you are poor now because your wisdom can lift you out of your poverty and give you success. You can even become a king even if you have been in prison.
Finally, the question now is how to acquire wisdom. Does the Bible give us a clear answer?
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Meditate the Word day and night. Keep the words of God in your hearts. They will give you wisdom. The result is prosperity and success. Don’t forget to pray.
5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5-8 (KJV)