The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Jesus never told His disciples the exact details of the Kingdom of Heaven. Even the descriptions of Heaven the apostle John gives us in Revelations are mere comparisons to what John knew in this world. Those of us who have felt the presence of God know how hard it is to describe Him with human words.
Something similar happens in Proverbs as the authors try to describe the outcomes of God’s wisdom. They do their best, but we know it’s even better than they can describe:
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. (Proverbs 3:13-20)
In a similar way that “God the Father” brings up male images in our limited and human mind, wisdom is personified by a powerful and creative woman. Authors used a feminine pronoun to describe wisdom, even wisdom that came from the Father. If this is confusing, perhaps it would be useful to remember that God and His kingdom are better than what we can explain.
When we grow closer to God, His word, and His body the Church, our wisdom grows. It’s difficult to describe how His wisdom is better than many other earthly treasures, but those who know God can certainly speak of its depth in our lives.
Questions for reflection and discussion: Where in your life do you see God’s wisdom giving you comfort? Are there any areas of your life that need more wisdom from God? How can you share God’s wisdom with other?