Can you imagine someone offering you this choice: two uninterrupted hours with your Bible or a handful of jewels? Which would you choose?
For a very long time, the pursuit of wealth dominated my life. I wasn’t really striving for jewels, or fancy cars, or even a house in Scottsdale, but rather for financial security. I was on my own and ignoring God.
I believed that you had to work hard enough and long enough to make sure that you were going to be able to pay your bills and go on vacation. I didn’t want a lot of fancy stuff, but I sure wanted to know that I had enough money in my bank account to pay bills without worrying every month.
Until…April 25, 2008. When Austin died, I realized that being able to pay my bills wasn’t nearly as important as I thought. Then, I realized who Jesus is and what the Bible is all about. I started to devour the Bible like it could pay my bills!
Since today is April 8, I was reading Proverbs 8 (there are 31 Proverbs so you can read one each day of the month) and was reminded how important seeking wisdom is to God. Check out Proverbs 8. Two of my favorite verses in Proverbs 8 are:
“Take my instruction and not silver, and knowledge rather than choicest gold. For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” ~Proverbs 8:10-11
God would rather have you sit at His feet and learn from Him than to seek after gold, jewels, or wealth. Wisdom and understanding should be what drives us.
Proverbs 8 tells us that no desirable thing can compare to wisdom. To those who seek wisdom God promises: knowledge, understanding, power, riches, honor, enduring wealth, righteousness, blessings, life and favor from the Lord.
Holy Cow! Why don’t I spend hours in my Bible each day when He promises all of that in response to my seeking His wisdom?
There are enough excuses to fill the internet for why we don’t have time to read our Bibles, so let’s move on to HOW we COULD make more time for our Bible.
3 Ideas to Choose Wisdom over Wealth:
- So simple, yet so hard: get up earlier. Ugh. I know. I am NOT a morning person, but I make the coffee the night before and try to get up before my family.
- Listen to an audio Bible while you exercise. Two birds, one stone!
- Sign up for email devotionals. You can get quality devotionals directly on your phone that will quote at least some verses from the Bible. Hey, it’s a start!
If someone offered you the choice, would you choose 2 hours with your Bible or the jewels?
How do you carve out time to spend reading your Bible?