Wisdom will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor. (Prov. 4:9)

AN AD IN A TRADE MAGAZINE READ: 2000 Ford F-150, 4X2, AC, AT, 80,000 miles, mint condition, one owner vehicle, kept in garage every day, service record available upon request.

The Ford F-150 is the most sought-after truck of all time. And because this particular vehicle was in mint condition, the owner could get a high price for it, maybe even higher than the going bluebook price. The owner’s wisdom in taking good care of it paid off for himself, as well as any potential buyer.

This truck example points out the benefits of wisdom, being wise, or just plain knowing the best way to do things. One could say that the owner demonstrated what some refer to as the “wisdom of Solomon.” The wisdom God gave Solomon was applicable to every facet of life, even caring for his physical possessions.

Does wisdom apply in all areas of daily living—even in caring for a truck? Certainly. Good wisdom is also involved in financial planning and management, which includes something as simple as keeping a checkbook balanced. But the most important application of wisdom is in learning and establishing godly character. Proverbs 4 says when we apply wisdom it will become our most valuable possession—far more valuable than even a pristine pickup truck!

Pursue godly wisdom. It will make for a successful life.

Roy Proctor has been a Christian since 1976 and has been writing devotionals since 2003. His purpose is to share encouraging words for the times in which we live.