SEEK AND DO NOT LET GO
My husband invests our money in a variety of different opportunities. He primarily invests in real estate, but he also invests in gold and silver. Yes, he literally buys and stores ounces of actual silver and gold. As the Federal Government continues printing money as if there’d be no consequence to their foolishness, the value of the dollar will continue to decrease. For example, if you save $500 in cash in your safe, the BEST case scenario is that $500 will be worth $485 in one year. That’s because inflation (which is the direct result of the government interfering with the market and continually printing money) will increase costs such that $500 won’t buy you the same amount of goods in 2022 as it did in 2021. Indefinitely printing an unlimited amount of money will only devalue our currency. With gold and silver, however, there is a finite amount. Our planet will never have more gold and silver than currently exists. And the price for gold and silver is the same all over the world. So as the U.S. dollar tanks, the value of our gold and silver will continue to increase.
“My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5
When King Solomon wrote this Proverb, there was no Bitcoin and the New York Stock Exchange had yet to be formed. People in the Ancient Near East primarily invested in land and precious metals. So it might seem obvious why King Solomon chose silver as the example to which he compared wisdom. But I encourage you to look deeper into the word of God.
“Seek her as silver” in Hebrew is: “T’vaq’sheNah khakasef”, and the Hebrew definition of “seek” is much deeper than the English definition. In Hebrew, it means “to search diligently for something and take hold of it”. So this proverb is instructing believers to “search diligently for wisdom and take hold of it” – do not let wisdom go.
Like mining for silver and gold, searching for godly wisdom takes time and effort. First, you have to know where to look. Not all surfaces lead to gold and silver. Similarly, not all knowledge is of the Lord. Godly wisdom “does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic….But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:15,17. Thus, the knowledge or wisdom you seek must align with the word of God. Otherwise, it’s the earthly, demonic knowledge the Apostle James warns us of that will lead Believers astray. What other doctrines are you giving heed to? Who are you allowing to speak into your life? Are you turning to God’s word for guidance and instruction?
Second, you must dig. And dig. And dig. And dig. Precious metals are not found on the surface of the earth. Miners dig for hours, and often days before finding even the smallest specks of gold or silver. Similarly, searching for knowledge of God takes consistency and diligence. “Oh God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1. King David wrote of earnestly seeking the Lord with a desperation in his soul, from the moment he arose. Are you seeking God with such passion and commitment? Do you long to be in His presence like you long for food and drink? Like you long for comfort and security? Like you long for friendships, marriage, or children? Are you searching for the things for God like you search for the things of this world?
Third, when mining for gold and silver, you must continuously weed out the other rocks and debris. In the same way, you cannot expect to walk in the wisdom of God if you are not weeding out the sin in your life. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7. This proverb explains that one cannot even begin to have wisdom unless one walks in the fear of the Lord. And Psalm 34:14 teaches us that walking in the fear fo the Lord is to “depart from evil and do good.” So we must continually allow the Spirit of God to examine our hearts and root out the iniquities within us. Are you weeding the things in you that are not of Him?
Finally, when you find gold and silver, you hold onto it. Precious metals are a long term investment. Similarly, when you find wisdom, you must take hold of her and keep her. A dollar only has value based on what the government declares it’s worth is. A hundred dollar bill is only worth $100 because the government says so. And we have seen currency lose its value to the point of becoming valued at $0. Therefore, currency comes and goes at the whim of the government. But gold and silver has existed since the beginning of time and will remain valuable until the Lord returns. In the same way, different ideologies, theories, customs, and worldviews are constantly changing. Believers are being tossed to and fro because they are not holding onto the true word of God and maintaining a Biblical worldview. But God’s word has more value than even the most precious stone. Hold onto it, and never let it go.
“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgment of it, for He Who promised is reliable and faithful to His word.” Hebrews 10:23 AMPC