At this writing, the Mega Millions jackpot stands at 540 million dollars! The one winning this inconceivable amount will have beat some pretty incredible odds. The odds of winning are roughly one in 259 million! The standard response is, “Well, someone has to win.” Eventually, of course. But the jackpot has climbed this high as there has not yet been a winner. And at each drawing the number of participants increases, making the odds of winning even more difficult to beat!
Today’s verse talks about having riches and honor in one’s left hand. The right hand holds long life. It is not lottery winnings that fill the hands but wisdom. The advantages that wisdom gives a life is likened to what wealth can do for a person. But even this comparison falls short as wisdom is better than riches. How much better to get wisdom than gold! (Prov. 16:16) Wisdom gives us what money cannot buy; long life, honor, pleasant ways and peace. Skillful godly living makes life absolutely rich!
It is so hard to think in this way. With wisdom there is no instant gratification! Wisdom does not give me any covetous looks from my neighbors. There is no recognition or envy. And life is not necessarily easier with wisdom. But I tend to think all that could be the case if I were just a little richer! However, the benefits and advantages of living wisely are not taxed, stolen, or frittered away as money can be. My life is rich because of Him who is the Source of Wisdom.
Thank you Lord, that with Your love and salvation, I have already won!