Where can wisdom be found?
Job 28:12 But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? 13 No mortal comprehends its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living. 14 The deep says, “It is not in me”; the sea says, “It is not with me.” 15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed out in silver. 16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or lapis lazuli. 17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold. 18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies. 19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold. 20 Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? 21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky.
In Job’s day, precious metals were found by people looking in caves, bringing out rocks that had small strains of metal that were found when the rock was exposed to fire. Pearls have long been found by people diving into the oceans and harvesting oysters. Yet, for one who seeks wisdom the hiding place is neither a cave nor an ocean.
Likewise, wisdom cannot be purchased, and there is no comparison to the worth of wisdom with the worth of precious jewels. Why? Because wisdom comes straight from God. Wisdom is both a gift and a necessary tool to draw us closer to the living God and to enable us to live out our lives as He desires and He requires.
Job’s treatise on wisdom came near the end of his suffering, and we see as we near the end of Job’s trials that wisdom became a hard-earned prize. Job had proclaimed his innocence and had blamed God for his loss. Yet, Job proclaimed that if God were willing he could restore Job. When God spoke, Job finally realized that he really did not know God at all.
Do we know God? Do we have the wisdom and understanding to seek Him out while He may be found, or do we wait on Him to call on us? And, do we have the audacity to blame Him when something bad happens, proclaiming both our innocence and our worth?
PRAYER: Father, we pray that we would not have to sink to the depths of despair as Job did before we can come to know you in spirit and in truth. We ask that you would cover us with your wisdom, and that if we cannot always be protected physically that you would shield our spirits. May we come to realize that our worth is found in nothing other than the blood of Jesus Christ, and may we be ever thankful for your grace and your mercy. Amen