June 2 - Wisdom or Gold?


By Crystal J. Ortmann

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 6:16

Central Thought: Wisdom is always worth more than money.

    'It just doesn't seem fair,” I whined to my husband. 'Look how well those people are doing, and all we do is struggle with debt.” The truth is, I doubted whether doing the right thing was really worth it. I was eaten up by envy. It didn't matter what some did; it seemed they were financially blessed. I pondered and fretted. I prayed and read the Bible, seeking answers to what seemed like inconsistencies. We tithed, paid our bills on time, and were generous to others in need. It wasn't fair.
    I felt impressed to be faithful in doing right. I prayed for the right attitude and for insight. Gradually, my attitude shifted. I confessed sins of envy, covetousness and resentment toward those richer than I. Doing God's will became most important. My faith grew. I can now identify with and minister to many struggling people. I have everything that is important: a relationship with God, a wonderful marriage, a son who loves me, good health, and many friends. The struggles brought wisdom.If given the choice, I would not change a thing, for it is truly worth more to have wisdom than gold.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, while I wouldn't mind struggling less financially, help me to always want Your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19:11-20:13; John 21:1-25; Psalm 120:1-7; Proverbs 16:16-17