Summary: This sermon discovers the six greatest advantages to having wisdom.

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Did anyone see this story this week?

A Texas woman said a burglar stole up to $1 million worth of designer bags and accessories from a treasured room in her Houston-area house — her closet.

Theresa Roemer, an entrepreneur and former Mrs. Texas United America, recently displayed her three-story, 3,000-square-foot closet on ABC’s "Good Morning America." “To me, my closet is my retreat,” she said at the time, referring to the space as her “she-cave.”

On Friday night, Roemer, 52, and her husband, Lamar Roemer, returned home to find that a thief had broken into their house in The Woodlands through a bathroom window, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Her collection included expensive watches and flashy jewelry. The jumpsuit-wearing thief reportedly made off with three pricey Herm├Ęs Birkin travel bags filled with expensive jewelry, watches and high-end handbags. Roemer said the burglar also took an irreplaceable item — a locket that held a piece of her late son’s hair. “It's the only thing left of my son and it's gone,” she told the paper.

Roemer admitted they did not turn on their alarm system on the way out of the house on Friday night. “Shame on me for the one night I forgot to lock the glass door and set the alarm,” she said. Roemer’s massive and lavish closet, which she told “GMA”, cost about $500,000 to build, grabbed headlines in July. The house dubbed the “largest closet in America” has a champagne bar and doubles as a place to host fund-raisers and charity events.

My description from this news article does not due justice to the pictures that were flashed nationwide. Imagine the most luxurious clothing and jewelry store in the world and you may get a glimpse.

Proverbs 3:13 states “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.”

Do you think she was lacking in wisdom when she exposed her possessions to dishonest people on national TV? Do you think she was lacking wisdom by leaving her “she cave” without setting the burglar alarm? Do you think she has gained understanding the hard way?

A pirate had a wooden leg, a hook on one arm, and a patch over one eye. Someone asked him how these things happened.

He said that a whale bit off his leg, a crocodile had chewed off his hand, and a bird dropping hit him in the eye.

The other guy replied that he understood about the wooden leg having had his original bit off by a whale,...and the hook was there to replace the hand the crocodile had chewed off,...but a patch over the eye just because of a bird dropping ... that he didn’t understand.

The pirate said...“Aye...when the bird dropping hit me in me eye, that was me first day with the hook.”

Wisdom and understanding leads to a life filled with joy. Too often, we must face hard times to gain wisdom and understanding. We stick our leg in a whale’s mouth when wisdom would tell us not too. We place our hand in the mouth of a crocodile even though we know crocodiles bite. And when life hits us in the eye, we do more damage to ourselves because we lack wisdom and understanding.

Let’s look at Proverbs 3:14-15.

“For wisdom is more profitable than silver,

and her wages are better than gold.

Wisdom is more precious than rubies;

nothing you desire can compare with her.”

The average cost for a ruby is $300 per karat. The average cost for a pound of silver is $316. The average cost for a pound of gold is $20,608. At the time, that Proverbs was written these were the most expensive metals and gems around.

However, as expensive as silver is, wisdom is more good, pleasing, and desirable for profit. If you want prosperity in your life, then look to wisdom and not finances. Wisdom will lead you to the investments for long-term profit.

Proverbs 6: 6-8 tells us to “Take a lesson from the ants----Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.”

Let me assure you winter months are coming. Work now, store up now, give to God what is his, but also give to yourself for your future.

Proverbs says that wisdom is better than your wages. What are wages? The dictionary defines it as money that is paid or received for work or services, as by the hour, day, or week. It is the fruit of our labors. It is our harvest. It is our crops. It is our produce.

This year my garden is a flop. A few tomatoes, a few cucumbers, and that is it. My squash plants bloomed but produced no fruit. Yet I have a counter full of squash and tomatoes. They are not from my garden but someone else’s. Wisdom told me not to refuse the produce offered me. It was totally free. And free beats gold every time.

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