Where is Wisdom? We live in a time of great learning and great knowledge, so we must have more of the wisest people alive than ever before. However, there is a great difference between knowledge and wisdom.
12 “But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its worth,
and it is not found in the land of the living.
21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living
and concealed from the birds of the air.
23 “God understands the way to it,
and he knows its place.
24 For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he gave to the wind its weight
and apportioned the waters by measure,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
27 then he saw it and declared it;
he established it, and searched it out.
28 And he said to man,‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
Job 28:12-13, 21, and 23-28, English Standard Version
In today's reading, Job asks the question, What is wisdom? It is a very important question to consider, and one which is just as necessary to understand today as it was in the time of Job.
We live in a time of great learning and great knowledge, so we must have more of the wisest people alive than ever before. Don't you agree? Oh, that that were true! There is a great difference between knowledge and wisdom; knowledge embodies discovering a depth of information regarding a certain subject. Wisdom tells us how to apply that knowledge correctly.
Job's three friends had a great knowledge of God, and yet were they applying that knowledge appropriately? We must, like Job, ask the question, Where is wisdom?
There is only one path to true wisdom, and that is through God. Job states in verse 23, God understands the way to it [wisdom], and he knows its place.
Without a proper understanding of our world, and the God who created it, we view everything through the eyes of man. Look at the disarray that has been caused when people have left the Biblical standard for living. We live in the "I'm OK, you're OK" world-life view. What is good for me may not necessarily be good for you. Unfortunately that attitude ultimately leads to chaos and destruction.
As you go about your life today, remember the words of Job from verse 28,
And he [God] said to man, "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding."
By the grace of God may we remember today that true wisdom is found in God, alone.