“A bag heavy with gold, or a clay tablet carved with words of wisdom; if thou hadst thy choice, which would thou choose?” By the flickering light from the fire of the desert shrubs, the sun-tanned faces of the listeners gleamed with interest. “The gold, the gold”, chorused the twenty-seven. From the book, “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason
The passage from the fictional account above indicates a very real problem: Most people, when presented with a choice between wealth and wisdom, will choose the money every time. This is curious, because it has been well established that money cannot buy happiness. Still, most people reject this oft proven truth, so they go for the gold.
I am often shocked at the lack of Bible study on the part of most people. Most people say they want to go to heaven, but they give this lofty goal little more than lip service. But we must realize that there is an eternal principle contained within the pages of Scripture that teaches a man cannot have quality results without quality effort. So most men - men who consider themselves righteous - really don’t have any basis for that claim. The reason is that they really don’t know what the Bible teaches, because they have never spent the quality effort that God requires to learn His truths.
And, if we are honest, the real reason that we so often do not know what the Bible says is that we simply do not have the time to really read it -we are just too busy pursuing the "gold".
Are you taking the time required to find out what God wants you to know, or do you rely on the wisdom of your preacher, your parents, or perhaps even your drinking buddies? The twenty-seven camel herders chose a bag of gold over a tablet filled with wisdom, so they remained camel herders.
The path to heaven is not always easy, and it is rarely the most popular of paths. God allows us to choose between the fleeting wealth of this world and the real wealth of His word. One will fade away and one will last for time eternal. Which, by your own actions, are you choosing?
“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold… she is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.” Proverbs 3:12-13; 18, NIV