Where can Wisdom be found, Part 2
Where is Wisdom Found, Part 2
Job 28:12, 22-28
Job 28:12 But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?
22 Destruction and Death say, “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.” 23 God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, 24 for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. 25 When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, 26 when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, 27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. 28 And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”
An old Chinese proverb says “you can’t prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair.” Job was swarmed by birds of sorrow, and his hair was filled with nests. Yet, we see a glimmer of hope in his words.
Job had withstood assaults by Satan upon his body, family and possessions. He was under attack from both his wife and friends. Yet, Job refused to “curse God and die” as his wife implored, nor was he willing to admit some terrible wrongdoing as his friends suggested. Instead, Job maintained that he was a man of integrity. But in reading Job, it almost seems as though Job trusted in his own integrity more than he trusted in God.
But in these scriptures we see that Job has received a fresh insight regarding true wisdom. True wisdom is not only precious, it is not easily found. One must search out wisdom and it is only found in God. Job ends his narrative by saying that God has informed the human race that wisdom is the fear of the Lord.
Are you seeking out wisdom? Do you fear God, i.e. hold Him in awe for who He is? Do you shun evil in all you do?
PRAYER: Father, how little we understand about wisdom, and how much we need to learn. Be patient with us, Oh Lord, as we seek out your truths and endeavor to live in the light of your love. Amen