In the 11 verses preceding today’s passage, Job enumerates the precious rock and mineral treasures that man is able to extract from the earth in which we live. But then he comes to the ultimate question: what is the use of all the wealth the earth has for us if, after all, we can not find the wisdom to know what to do with it. For in Job’s eyes Wisdom is the greatest treasure of all. In Job’s eyes, if he had access to the wisdom of God, then he might better understand the reasons behind his suffering. And if he could know God’s purposes for his life, he could spend more time devoted to God, and less time protesting his innocence to those who would accuse him of grave sin. Job is not the only figure to have realised the great value of Wisdom. Solomon, when asked what gift he would like, asked for the wisdom to govern his people well. The Lord was so pleased with his answer that he not only gave Solomon a great gift of wisdom, but he made him fabulously wealthy as well (1 Kings 3:5-14).
Job 28:12-20 NLT
“But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding? No one knows where to find it, for it is not found among the living. ‘It is not here,’ says the ocean. ‘Nor is it here,’ says the sea. It cannot be bought with gold. It cannot be purchased with silver. It’s worth more than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx or lapis lazuli. Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold. Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above rubies. Precious peridot from Ethiopia cannot be exchanged for it. It’s worth more than the purest gold. “But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?
It seems obvious to me that wisdom comes from God alone. It also seems obvious to me, that many great men of God who have gone before us sought the wisdom of the Lord. Some of them were moved by his spirit to record the wisdom they were given in many of the books we can read today in the Bible. I thank God everyday that I can read his words and hear his voice. I am so grateful that whatever the question, whatever the need, I know I can find the answer written and waiting for me in the holy scriptures. I will make it my goal to seek the wisdom of God above all else because as Jesus said in his famous sermon on the mount: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33 NLT)
Job 28:1-30:31, 2 Corinthians 2:12-17, Psalms 42:1-11, Proverbs 22:7