God’s Word Refined and Flawless – Better Than Gold
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”
In times when the world’s economy is unstable at best, and people are looking for sound investments, God’s Word shines as the Gold standard. Presidential hopefuls may promise the sun, moon, and stars to get elected; But in the end, it’s been proven that only an investment God’s wisdom will secure the future of a nation.
Proverbs 30 begins with the sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. The fact that his words were inspired qualifies them as a prophetic utterance, which makes him a person we would do well to listen to. He states his own lack of wisdom when confronted with God’s. “Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One” (Proverbs 30:2-3). Understanding the infinite depth of insight in God’s words, Agur becomes fully invested in the pure wisdom of God’s flawless Word.
Agur is saying that God’s Word endures the test of time and eternity. Just as God cannot fail or be overcome, so it is with every word that proceeds from His mouth. Trusting himself to the perfect integrity God’s pure wisdom, he says in verse six “Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” Agur has found that taking refuge in God’s wisdom is the safest investment known to man. Here he gives a warning from experience, not attempt mixing own words with God’s. In doing so, we will lose our investment, our security, be corrected by God for altering the intent of His wisdom, and we will be proven as liars in the end.
Here is Solomon’s warning to all who disregard God’s wisdom: “Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my correction, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, They would have none of my counsel And despised my every correction. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:25-33)
God’s Word has been battle tested in the storms of life throughout history. The weak have been made strong, the weary revived, countless victories snatched from the jaws of certain defeat time and time again. God’s word has been proved to be 100% reliable in all circumstances by those who have prevailed by placing their trust in it. God’s Word is always worth any investment, because the returns are infinite.
Better Than Gold
The statement in verse five about God’s word being pure (flawless) clearly alludes to the purity of gold and silver after being refined of impurities. God’s words have always been compared to gold by those who’ve come to experience some of those infinite returns after times of testing. David said: “The words of the LORD are pure (flawless) words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times (Psalm 12:6). Consider these passages as well: “The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;” (Psalm 19:9-10 ). And “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (Psalm 119:72). Finally, “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold” (Proverbs 3:13-14).1
The value and staying power of silver and gold makes them solid investments for the future. God’s word has been refined seven times (the picture of perfection) that of the finest precious metals. Being put to the test by people throughout the ages, God’s Word is considered the greatest and surest investment anyone can make.
People look for worthy investments hoping for a guarantee for their future security. God’s word carries a perfect guarantee for future fulfillment because God, being perfectly reliable and absolutely trustworthy, backs His Word 100%. God’s Kingdom economy is not subject to inflation. Gold and silver will fluctuate in value over time. God’s Word is always priceless and is valued at perfection!
Integrity and God’s Word
The reason you can count on God’s Word regardless of your present or future circumstance is that God and His Word are one; His Word reflects the very essence of His being. The fulfillment of God’s word is a matter of personal integrity, giving you insight into His character as well as His intention.
Revealed knowledge is released each time God speaks. Solomon said “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” (Proverbs 2:6). You are edified and your faith instantly grows with each Divine utterance (something Agur understood). The impartation of God’s insight not only imparts wisdom to skillfully navigate difficult circumstances, it also makes you solid on the inside enabling you to weather the storms of life on solid ground.
In Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus makes it clear that walking in the light of His words are a safeguard against all future storms of life. His analogy is that of a wise builder, knowing it is the integrity of a building that makes it safe to dwell in. The integrity of God’s Word and God’s perfect track record for fulfilling His promises; makes building your life on His Word a solid investment for the future and a perfectly safe dwelling for the present.
Take the advice of Agur and invest in God’s Word when you’re weary – you will prevail. Walk in the light of His wisdom and you’ll be secure in the present and in the future. Build your life upon the integrity and pure wisdom of God’s Word – you’ll weather the storms of life, you’ll finish well, and you’ll Be Encouraged! -JSP
Psalm 12:6, 19:9-10, 119:72, Proverbs 3:13-14 are from the NIV2011, The Holy Bible New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. (Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530, USA)