Proverbs 3:16 – 18 – ‘Long life is in her [wisdom’s] right hand; in her left hand are riches and honour. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.’

I have a fascination with the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. There is so much wisdom in them and talk of her (wisdom’s) character. I love the above verses.

If we seek after God’s wisdom, we find firstly long life – we gain eternal life through a saving knowledge of Christ. Secondly, with wisdom we discover riches and honour – how wonderful to have a relationship with Christ, know we have eternal life and then that He will bless us with riches and honour to utilise for Him!

This isn’t all; we’re told that the ways of wisdom are pleasant and peaceful. If we are wise Christians, we should be living lives that are pleasant to others and peaceful – that’s not to say that we can’t righteously oppose things against God’s will.

The final sentence indicates that those who embrace wisdom will find a tree of life and be blessed. Wisdom it seems to me only carries positive things with her! How can you be wise today with your relationship with God, your finances and all He’s entrusted to your care?

Financial tip – consider if a loan is necessary to make purchases; other than a mortgage, in a short time frame it should be possible to save regular amounts and purchase items outright. A $10,000 car could end up costing you $12,000 over a 5 year period and will devalue by half in the first 12 months. Buying a similar vehicle that is 12 months old with cash may be a much smarter move financially.