What does God value more than precious stones?
Neither gold nor crystal can equal wisdom and understanding and they cannot be bartered or exchanged for jewelry of fine gold. The price of wisdom is far above coral or quartz, Ethiopian topaz and even rubies!
"No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies" The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold" (Job 28:18-19).
Even a virtuous wife –valor, courage, strength – is considered far more valuable than rubies!
“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).
Why does God say that a virtuous wife is far more valuable than rubies? It is very interesting to note that jewelers who work with rubies, prefer them over any other gemstones!
- “Ask any jeweler to list the gemstones with which they prefer to work, and sapphires and rubies would undoubtedly rank near the top. With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, these popular varieties of corundum have long been considered nearly impossible to damage, and they can easily withstand the melting point of even high karat gold solders (about 1,6400F to 1,7400F). Not surprisingly, many jewelers feel a comforting sense of security when faced with a ruby- or sapphire-set piece.”
Isn’t it interesting! That a woman with courage and strength and morally sound is likened to a beautiful ruby? A gemstone that is strong and yet workable! They can withstand the fiery trials that come their way!
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“An excellent (or virtuous) wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4).
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26).
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). ‘Morally reverent’ is a correct rendering of this word “fear”
Many people may be more fragile and can’t withstand the melting point of a ruby or a sapphire. God knows this and gives us the trials that we can withstand and grow with and that will not destroy us.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1Corinthians 10:13).
This word temptation can actually can mean test, entice, examine, prove or tempt; so no matter what, God will not suffer/allow/permit us to have to go through anything that He knows is too much for us! That is comforting and we are much stronger sometimes than we think we are.
Going through trials is like what a jeweler does when making fine jewelry. And just like a jeweler God is molding, melting and shaping us into perfect jewels for Himself.
Through these trials we learn wisdom, understanding and knowledge. That is what God is doing with us as He wants us to become like Him, full of wisdom, knowledge and understanding of His Word and His Ways! We should ask God to help us learn the lessons He wants us to learn though everyday living, searching the scriptures, and beseeching God for wisdom, knowledge and understanding, so that we won’t have to go through sore trials and tribulations!
But, He won’t give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding on a silver platter, we have to be able to be guided by Him and letting Him direct our paths so we can learn those lessons!
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his own steps “(Jeremiah 10:23).
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6).
"Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where gold is refined. Iron is taken from the earth, And copper is smelted from ore” (Job 28:1-2).
“But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living” (Job 28:12-13).
“Then He saw wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out” (Job 28:27).
Job then explains what the fear of the Lord is! Respect or reverence for Him and His laws and hating evil is wisdom, knowledge and understanding!
"And to man He said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28).
“The fear (respect/reverence) (emphasis mine) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever” (Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 1:7: Proverbs 9:10).
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