Blog Through the Bible 3

Job 28:12-28 (English Standard Version)

12 “But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13Man does not know its worth,
and it is not found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15It cannot be bought for gold,
and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
16It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
in precious onyx or sapphire.
17Gold and glass cannot equal it,
nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
nor can it be valued in pure gold.

20″From where, then, does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?
21It is hidden from the eyes of all living
and concealed from the birds of the air.
22 Abaddon and Death say,
‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

23 “God understands the way to it,
and he knows its place.
24For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25When he gave to the wind its weight
and apportioned the waters by measure,
26when he made a decree for the rain
and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
27then he saw it and declared it;
he established it, and searched it out.
28And he said to man,’Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”

This is a passage from my readings today. It stewed with me most of the day. It was as if it just stuck with me and poked at my thoughts. It is an interesting concept that Job is pointing out to his so-called friends. Now, if you have read the book of Job you will know that his friends weren’t really great at comfort. Empathy was not in their vocabulary. Job points out simply that the value of wisdom is immeasurable. That is true wisdom. There is no price that can be put on true authentic wisdom. It is far greater than any precious jewel or mineral. Its worth surpasses the finest platinum and gold. However, true wisdom is only known and understood by God. I think the key is in verse 24. Only God “sees everything under the heavens.” This sight includes the entire scope of history. Only God sees everything, so only God can truly make a wise decision. Human wisdom, then, is only true as it is consistent with God’s wisdom and will. God’s greatest priority is to see us experience Him in fullness, to share in His wonderful love, grace and wisdom. Our paths are never more true than when they are guided by the only source of true wisdom, that is God. How do we know God’s heart? Practice spiritual disciplines. Be diligent in your worship of God, fellowship with other believers, bible study, prayer time, witnessing, serving and obedience to God. The end of that path is the greatest reward you will ever find. And it is marked with the wisdom of God.

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~ by bchatcher on January 18, 2011.

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