Day: 28 | Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty
Today’s Reading: Job 28
Job 28:12 (NIV) “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?”
If I told you there is a rare, useful and valuable treasure hidden in this room, would you run out the door and frantically begin searching at the end of the street for it? Of course not. You would begin your hunt right where you knew the treasure could be found. Then, diligently and carefully, you would look until you found it.
In Job 28, Job details mankind’s skill and ability to mine and discover the secret treasures of the earth. In it, we find riches like gold, silver, copper and ore, as well as jewels like sapphires and pearls. Mankind is masterful at mining and finding hidden treasure. Man’s sheer determination and intelligence enables him to accomplish astonishing achievements and advancements in industry, science and technology.
But what about wisdom?
Wisdom is the rarest of all treasures. Scripture tells us wisdom provides protection, deliverance, strength and stability. It’s better than might or muscle. (Ecclesiastes 7:12, Ecclesiastes 9:16) Wisdom is more profitable to us than gold or silver, and wisdom is far more precious than jewels. Nothing compares to wisdom. (Proverbs 3:13-15; Proverbs 8:10-11; Proverbs 16:16)
Job is honestly and relentlessly searching for answers to the agonizing questions his suffering has stirred up. He is confident the wisdom of man cannot compare to the matchless value of God and His wisdom. Job is willing to persevere in his quest for God alone and the wisdom only He can give.
Spiritual wisdom isn’t vague or abstract. It’s real and relevant. It’s practical and personal. It is God’s wisdom that provides us with sanity in the chaos, clarity in our confusion and helps us navigate our way when the world doesn’t make sense.
“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?” (Job 28:12)
It’s not found in the land of the living or the depths of the sea. It can’t be bought or sold because it’s matchless in value. In fact, it is so valuable it must be searched for, mined for and found because it cannot be easily located on the surface.
Like the ancient miners Job describes, we often work in vain, forgetting to ask the Lord to give us the wisdom that is His and His alone. And like Job’s companions, we all too often lean on our own understanding rather than acknowledging God and asking for help. (Proverbs 3:5-7)
So often, we only explore the world’s wisdom that is easy to access and readily available us. Our first response is to do a Google search or turn to YouTube when we are facing a challenging situation or dilemma. Why? Because it’s right at our fingertips! It’s quick and easy to find answers to any question or the solution to any problem on the Internet. In our desire to find comfort as quickly as possible, we will pick up the phone to call a friend before we consult God. We are prone to rely on the culture for answers, others who are smarter than us or a book addressing the topic. We even depend on ourselves for wisdom by taking a common sense approach or trying to fix the problem without ever going to God.
In all honesty, we want logical access and simple solutions to our challenges instead of letting faith do its work in us. We seek the quickest solution to our problems, and we hunt for wisdom on the surface where it is easily accessible. But all the wisdom in the world cannot compare to the wisdom God gives. God alone knows the way to wisdom (Job 28:23), and He is the only true source of it! No matter our striving, unless we begin with the Lord, all our labor will be in vain.
So what do we do when we ask God for wisdom? We start with prayer, humbly acknowledging our need for God’s wisdom and asking Him to guide us and help us, while trusting Him to generously provide all we need. (James 1:5) Then we turn to the places where He tells us the treasure of His wisdom can be found — in Christ and His Word, in a community of mature believers and persistent prayer. (Colossians 3:16; Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 13:20; Matthew 7:7) While God tells us where to look, He may want us to get our hands dirty, toss away the fake treasure and keep mining for what is precious and true.
Job’s search for God’s wisdom in this difficult season of his life wasn’t easy, and there are times when ours won’t be either. But it all begins with a respectful and reverent attitude toward God because wisdom is found in Him. (Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33; Proverbs 19:23) Then as we continually turn from evil, diligently use and apply the wisdom God gives us, and keep seeking and trusting Him without compromise, we will discover more of God’s wisdom along the way.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are omniscient – all knowing and all wise. You alone are the source of wisdom. Forgive me for the times that my search for understanding has led me far from You. Give me the grace, courage and discipline to continually trust You and diligently seek You for the wisdom You promise. Help me not to undervalue the riches of who You are and the wisdom You give. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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