Solomon compares an inheritance to wisdom and says that “wisdom is a shelter, as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.” The third king of Israel wants us to understand that though he was quite possibly the richest man on the earth at that time, wisdom was far more important to him than money. If we happen to have both, then God can use that money to do some amazing work in His kingdom as we disperse it wisely. Many question God’s plan for their lives. Those who are wealthy might question His plan, and those who are not wealthy do the same. What is there to question? Solomon asks it another way, “who can straighten what God has made crooked?” If God’s plan includes illness or divorce or tragedy, then who can change it? A doctor might help alleviate some of the symptoms, and a counselor might help us work through a divorce or a tragedy, but nothing will change God’s plan; therefore, we must learn to accept both. When times are good, then be happy. When times are difficult, Solomon challenges us to consider the fact that God has created both the fun moments and the painful ones for our good and His glory. By faith, we trust that God’s plan is the best plan for our lives, and we walk in it without complaint or corruption. We have no clue what the rest of our lives hold; therefore, we walk by faith and watch God work. You and I do not have to control every moment of our lives, because some of them are uncontrollable from our perspective. We must start walking by faith and trusting that our God is in complete control.

Help me, Lord, to seek wisdom more than wealth. Help me to walk by faith no matter how difficult the day is because I trust that every step will eventually be for my good and Your glory.