Diamonds. They're the stuff dreams are made of. The star in Hollywood's biggest movies. Countries go to war over them. They are the fixation of many a miner and pick. They are relativly small, yet they always draw a crowd. From the world's largest (512 carat) in the Crown Jewel of England, to the tiniest chip in a bride's band, it is considered the nearest thing to priceless we have.
However, the Bible tells us of four things of greater value than a sea of diamonds, river of gold, or mountains of jewels.
Wisdom! Solomon tells us that it is worth more and is more precious than gold. Nothing we desire can compare with it.
God's Words! The psalmist said "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold. Sweeter also, than honey and the honeycomb'".
An Excellent Woman! Solomon said that her price is above rubies, and her children rise up and call her blessed.
Personal Reputation! The Bible says "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and favor is better than silver or gold".
Most of us have been blessed with some of these. We are a blessed people. Much of everyday is spent protecting these treasures and with good reason. They are of infinite worth. May we spend our days seeking to enrich our lives on that which God values. Jesus said "What would it profit a man if he gained the whole world and lost his soul?"
May I encourage you to set your affections on things above, not of this world. Please know I value you very much and pray God's favor will be yours.