Job 28

Job 28 has Job talking about wisdom.  He begins by an oratory on the precious metals of the earth – silver, gold, iron and copper.  Man looks for those everywhere, and they dig and open shafts into the eart to pull them out.  But as precious as those things are, they don’t hold a candle to the preciousness of wisdom.  It is worth more, far more, than silver or gold.  But unfortunately it is harder to find than things that can be dug out of the earth.  It is hidden from man.

So “where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding”?  That is the question Job wants answered.  It isn’t in books or teachings.  It isn’t found in the land of the living.  Job reminds us that “man does not know its worth”.  But that doesn’t change the truth – that wisdom is at the top of the value chain – there is nothing that can equal it – not precious jewels or precious metals.  Wisdom is the top of the heap when it comes to things of value.

Job clarifies the location to find it.  “God understands the way to it, and he knows its place”.  Let’s face it – He should.  He is the source of wisdom.  He is the only One who can know where to find it.  “For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens”.  He’s not limited to our narrow view of the world around us.  God sees all.  God knows all.  God is all.  And when it comes to wisdom, He has a corner on it.  He weighs it and apportions it according to His will and His ways.

Job describes how God addresses it.  “He saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out”.  God is the creator of wisdom.  He knows all there is to know about it.  And Job lets us know where to find it.  “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding”.  It comes through the fear of the Lord.  As we put God in His rightful place – as we come before Him with the fear and respect that He deserves and demands – then we begin to gain wisdom.  That is how we can be blessed with it!

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