14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!
The wise know how to handle their own anger, which enables them to defuse the anger of others. This is especially important when dealing with those in power, as the consequences of their wrath can be severe. Consider Daniel, who consistently brought his emotions before the Lord in prayer. When Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree to “put the wise men to death” for their inability to decipher his dream, Daniel brought this also to the Lord in prayer. It is wise to humble oneself in such moments, and contemplate the issue through council and prayer. But the fool acts on his emotions, often making a bad situation worse.
“When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.” We ought not only appease those in power, but also seek to please them. Do you have an issue with a leader, a parent, or a spouse? Do not challenge them directly, because this will only harden their resolve. Win them over with respect, even when you disagree, and you will find favor with them.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver.” Does gold help a man to handle his anger? Does silver help him navigate through the difficulties of life? Wisdom may lead to wealth, but wealth does not lead to wisdom.