(Proverbs 16:16 KJV) How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
As I write we are looking toward an election. By the time it is posted we will be past it. We are faced with making choices. I am an idealist in many ways and I want to make the best choices. Unfortunately I am limited to the “better” (2896a), not the best. As I looked into the two words I found that the translation depended on the context. The most common translation is “good” but when you are being given the choice between two items it becomes “better”.
In an election we are not choosing between wisdom and gold. Often we come down to the choice of two evils. But we are forced to make a choice. Picture being in a strange town in the middle of the night and there are only two places with food available. One is a sushi joint and the other a Ruth’s Chris steak house. I hate sushi, but I can eat it to be polite and I am cheap.
So? As Christians we have eternal standards. I am thinking today that we should use those standards in all of our decisions, even if the choice is between horrible and bad instead of good and better. Sometimes we can’t really know which is which but still must make a choice. I am glad I have read the book and knows who wins in the end.