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Wisdom is a defense and money is a defense

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Everywhere you go someone is discussing the stimulus package. Will the government give you $300 or $400 a week to stimulate the economy? When will you get it? All the buzz is about finances and how people will survive in a pandemic. News feeds are constantly popping up on our devices reminding us that free money may be coming your way. I was thinking of this and all the talk on "everyone should pay their fair share". While I agree that everyone should be subject to the same taxes without partiality either at the top or bottom, the real truth is that prosperity goes beyond the area of finances.

I admit, money is important. We've got to have it to live. In fact, the Bible says, "Money answers all things" (Ecclesiastes 10:19), but, I'm also reminded that King Solomon said, "Wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it (Ecclesiastes 6:12). From that we can conclude there is something that works even better for a defense and that is wisdom. I heard someone say, "Wisdom is forming the best plans and using the best means for their execution". Solomon said, "Wisdom gives life to them that have it". What a great promise!

Somehow wisdom has the ability to "see" what needs to be done. It sees the correct course of action. Understanding comprehends the right decision. Understanding provides the "how to"; while knowledge gives the ability to apply it, or carry through. We need wisdom, understanding and knowledge so desperately in the current world we find ourselves in. "Wisdom", Solomon said in Proverbs 4:7, "is the principal thing (the main thing); therefore, get wisdom, and with all your getting, get understanding. Just seeing what needs to be done is not enough. We need to be able to comprehend the "how to" and then "apply" it.

Wisdom helps us in all our ways. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, financially, mentally, and physically. It also helps us in our relationships. If America ever needed help in relationships, it is now.

James 3 asks a question: "Who is a wise (a cultivated and learned) man ... and endued (having understanding and experience) with knowledge among you? Let him show, out of a good conversation - his works - with meekness of wisdom."

A man or woman of wisdom is careful about their conversation. According to James 3, our wisdom is evidenced by the goodness of our conversation ... not by the roughness of it. He says the wisdom that comes from God is FIRST pure, then peaceable, then gentle, then easy to be entreated (open to reason), full of mercy, full of good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. In other words, wisdom from God is thoughtful of others and sincere.

God is so good. He cares so much for you. He said all we have to do is search his word, as if for hidden treasure, and we'll find wisdom (Proverbs 2: 1-11). Incline your ear unto wisdom (listen), and apply your heart to understanding; cry after knowledge; lift up your voice for understanding; seek her as silver, as for hidden treasure; THEN you'll understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. (Paraphrase of Proverbs 2: 1-5).

True prosperity is so much more than we can imagine. It's being in a state of wellness in every area of our lives. That's not saying troubles, temptations, fear and even anxiety won't come; it's just that God's wisdom shows how to walk us out of those valleys into a place of peace even as the storm is happening all around us. God is good. You can trust him to bring you through.

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