Matthew Henry said…
Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.
Proverbs 3:13, 14: Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
What is the most valuable possession you have? Your house? Your car? Your marriage? Your children? Your investments? All people want security. We seek it in different things - money, possessions or relationships. The poet says that there is something much more valuable than any precious possession. It is wisdom (3: 14.15).
What are the advantages of this wisdom? In Solomon's time it was very concrete things. These included material prosperity. The poet says that people who have wisdom will be blessed with wealth, honour and long life (3:16). A person who has wisdom will lead a peaceful life that God will protect (3:23-26). No wonder that a person who finds wisdom is like someone who has discovered more than a great treasure.
It sounds very simple. Is life really that simple? We know from experience that many good people experienced many setbacks and sometimes experienced great suffering. I know people who lived near the Lord, but died early. I know people who served the Lord with their possessions and were declared bankrupt. It makes one rebellious. It makes you wonder about the Wisdom of Solomon. We know that life is not so simple.
And yet it is simple. Jesus the Sinless, suffered innocently. He refused to draw a direct line between God and suffering (John 9). If we look at his life, we know that it is not quite true that those who serve the Lord will experience prosperity, peace and protection. Who served God with more commitment?
Because of his innocent suffering we now live under a much greater blessing than material prosperity. The blessing that we share is more than a long life. It is eternal life. The blessing is more than wealth. It is a treasure in heaven. The blessing is more than a quiet night. It is rest in God.
Whoever trusts Jesus, the true wisdom, shares undeservedly in this blessing. It is all God's grace. Whoever rejects Jesus, the true wisdom, loses these treasures. Through the Spirit of wisdom He enables us to hold onto him for true security - security that lasts!
Jesus Christ, true wisdom of eternity, thank you that I undeservedly share in all your blessings, only by grace. Amen.