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The Value of Wisdom

John Collins07/13/2012
Job 28 teaches us to seek out and find wisdom in God.

Job compares wisdom to the riches of gold and silver.  There is a mine for them, and man seeks them out.  Once found, they refine the gold and silver.  In the same manner, iron is taken out of earth, and copper is smelted from the ore.  Man seeks out the valuables of the earth to the deepest limits, in dark shafts far from home.  

The earth itself produces bread, yet underneath is turned up by burning, molten lava.  The stones of the earth contain precious jewels and gold.  No animal of the field or bird in the sky has seen how the earth produces these things.  Yet when man finds them, they overturn mountains by the roots to dig them up.  Digging channels in the rock and damming streams and rivers to expose the ground underneath, man searches out to find the precious things hidden in the earth.

But where is wisdom found?  Where is the secret place of understanding?  Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living.  Wisdom cannot be found in the deep places of the earth or at the bottom of the sea.  It cannot be bought with gold or silver, and it cannot be valued.  The value of wisdom is so far greater than these things that no precious thing of the earth can be its equal.  And it is hidden from the eyes of all living.

Job said that God understands the way to it, and He knows the secret hiding place of wisdom.  God looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.  When God allotted the power of the wind and the depth of the seas, God saw wisdom and established it for us to seek out and find.

Then, God said, "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.  To turn away from evil is understanding."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we seek out wisdom?  Do we place its value higher than any gold or silver, or any item of this world that money can buy?  Do we refuse wisdom, led blindly by those who have not searched out wisdom for themselves?  Do we get our wisdom from God or from some other man's idea?  Is our wisdom based around our devotion to the One True God?

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