Only fifty out of ten thousand pearls made it to the strand I wore around my neck. They were exquisite! I ran my hand over them as I looked in the mirror wondering if they were freshwater or the crème de la crème of all pearls, Hanadama Akayo pearls.
As an uneducated consumer, I was hardly qualified to ascertain the difference. I should have known to look for other distinguishing characteristics like luster, shape, color, size and the precious metal content of its clasp. With a bit of due diligence, I would not have been fooled. Any person with an experienced eye would have known this was a short sale.
The tradesman looking for the most valuable pearl would have known the difference as well. He most likely communicated to his fellow merchants that he was looking to secure a very specific item. He may have even sailed the seas, expanding his search from port to port.
Finally, to yield the fruit of his quest, he sells everything to purchase his treasure.
The merchant’s pursuit is likened to searching for the Kingdom of Heaven. The pearl is a metaphor to obtain God’s wisdom, used to represent a proverb or a word of great value.
Pearls of Wisdom
Wisdom is the effective application of knowledge.
Wisdom is the effective application of knowledge. Employing it as a life skills tool has immeasurable value with the potential to impact and benefit everyone you encounter. However, don’t think experiential learning replaces insight and perception.
- Experiential learning allows you to relate to what is being taught.
- The latter permits you to assess when and how the acquired knowledge should be applied to obtain optimal results.
Man’s Wisdom is Limited:
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. (Job 32:9)
Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, and Confucius are considered great philosophers. They sought to know if a supreme being existed as creator of all. They are “cultured” pearls [of worldly wisdom]; developed in controlled environments of relative knowledge. Solomon instructs us not to despise freshwater pearls; wisdom can emanate from varied sources. He was tapped into the application of God’s wisdom for our lives and families.
The Wisest Pearls
The wisdom of Jesus is clearly evident especially, when He addressed disparaged and neglected populations. He encouraged the poor and protected and nurtured children. He regards them as a strand of pearls, painstakingly and perfectly matched to God’s individual purpose, each unique in its own right.
Just as we are all unique in our knowledge of the Father, there are times we need to seek Him for additional guidance. If you are at an impasse for making insightful decisions, you can ask the Father to supply you or someone you care for with what is lacked. He is not a respecter of persons.
As believers, we can use vicarious faith on behalf of our friends, family, and especially, our children. They are constantly bombarded with images, philosophies, and choices that do not promote the righteousness of God. All you have to do is believe He will do as you have asked and receive the gift of His wisdom. Ask God to reveal how to make decisions based on His future for you instead of your present conditions.
Experience, knowledge, and proper application of what you have learned or observed are all vital components for operational insight. It is a rare occurrence for the aforementioned skills to manifest concurrently. So be patient if those you have prayed for don’t have a “suddenly” capacity to reason when faced with choices that can produce opposing outcomes. Remember, the wisdom of God always allows room for growth.
If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:4, 5)
The search for the wisdom of God is a quest that will reap rewards for your life and the lives of others. It is esteemed superior in value to reasoning, intellect, or the self-developed philosophies of man. God’s wisdom is the Hanadama Akayo of absolute value authenticated by the certificate of His Word–it is the Wisest Pearl of all