(Pro 8:19 KJV) My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
This is a reminder of priorities and the relative value of achievements and goals. It is not telling us that wealth is evil. It is simply telling us that wisdom is of more value. We hear a lot of talk today in politics about redistribution of wealth. There are some who think if you took all the wealth in the country, put it in a common pot and passed it out equally among all American we would achieve some kind of equality. You might, for a few moments, until the checks are cashed. Then you would find out who has the wisdom to deal with the assets of life and who simply knows how to spend. My opinion says that within a short period of time many of the people who had been wealthy before would be wealthy again and most of those who had been poor before would be out of money.
People make decisions. Decisions have consequences. When you chose to buy a shiny new car instead of making a down payment on a house, you have made a decision that has long term consequences. When you go out to eat instead of preparing a meal at home the future is changed. Enough of these decisions will change your destiny.
So? In America we have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to making mistakes. Wisdom still pays off, always in the long run and often in the short. Think twice, or more.