Proverbs 3:16 "Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor."
This verse speaks of the things had in possession by wisdom. In John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible he says, "Length of days is in her right hand,…. Wisdom is here represented as a queen, as indeed she is above all kings and queens; … holding in one hand, instead of a sceptre, "length of days"; and in the other, instead of a globe , riches and honour: the allusion is thought by some on this clause to be to an ancient custom of numbering things, and the ages of men, by the hand and fingers, beginning with the left hand, and when they came to a hundred went to the right." Neat!
The globe or orb pictured the sovereign’s rule over the earth. Throughout the Middle Ages, because of the influence of Christianity, many orbs had a cross over the globe signifying Christ as sovereign over the earth, and the king or queen as God’s appointed ruler. This type of orb is called a Globus Cruciger, and perpetrated the doctrine of the divine right of kings. Praise God we serve the one who does not need a cross over His orb. He does not even have an orb but extends to all the world the length of days (eternal life) and riches and honor found in Himself.
Again, Wisdom is personified as a benevolent queen. The neat thing is, that as Christ, she also is more than willing to impart the length of days, riches, and honor in her hands to those who will embrace her instruction. Who better to know that Wisdom possesses these things than Solomon himself who asked for wisdom rather than long life, riches, or honor. He experienced this first hand (1 Kings 3:3-14). Because Solomon chose wisdom, God gave him the riches, honor, and life in Wisdom’s hands. Wow! Christ is made unto us Wisdom according to 1 Cor. 1:30. In Him, is eternal life, unsearchable riches, and honor (John 3:15, Eph. 3:8, Psalm 71:8).
Solomon’s father, King David, understood this truth of God being wisdom, and the source of riches and honor. He demonstrates what our response should be to this truth in 1 Chronicles 29:10-14 after an offering was taken in preparation to build the temple:
"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee."
Let’s ask ourselves, "Who am I that I am given the opportunity to serve such a benevolent, gracious, and good God? As a believer, I am blessed with spiritual riches far better than any physical riches. Have I thanked the Lord for them? Do I treat wisdom as royalty? Am I following Christ the King who is made unto me Wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30)? In what ways have I been blessed tangibly and intangibly because of Christ being my wisdom?"
My Bible has a good note on this passage that really sums it up: "True wisdom yields better and more enduring benefits than mere material things. The result of having wisdom is a quality of life full of tranquility and confidence." (The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, AMG Publishers) Seek and live for that which is eternal, not temporal (1 Cor. 4:17-18). In Christ, we are royalty because we are the sons and daughters of the King of kings (John 1:12, Rev. 1:6). Praise God!