“But do people know where to find wisdom?” 7.9.12

by Aaron K.

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"But do people know where to find wisdom?" 7.9.12

"People know where to mine silver
and how to refine gold.
They know where to dig iron from the earth
and how to smelt copper from rock.
They know how to shine light in the darkness
and explore the farthest regions of the earth
as they search in the dark for ore.
They sink a mine shaft into the earth
far from where anyone lives.
They descend on ropes, swinging back and forth.
Food is grown on the earth above,
but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.
Here the rocks contain precious lapis lazuli,
and the dust contains gold.
These are treasures no bird of prey can see,
no falcon’s eye observe.
No wild animal has walked upon these treasures;
no lion has ever set his paw there.
People know how to tear apart flinty rocks
and overturn the roots of mountains.
They cut tunnels in the rocks
and uncover precious stones.
They dam up the trickling streams
and bring to light the hidden treasures.

"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 is hidden from the eyes of all humanity.
Even the sharp-eyed birds in the sky cannot discover it.
Destruction and Death say,
`We’ve heard only rumors of where wisdom can be found.’

"God alone understands the way to wisdom;
he knows where it can be found,
for he looks throughout the whole earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
He decided how hard the winds should blow
and how much rain should fall.
He made the laws for the rain
and laid out a path for the lightning.
Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it.
He set it in place and examined it thoroughly.
And this is what he says to all humanity:
`The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
to forsake evil is real understanding.’" (Job 28:1-28 NLT)

Mankind is brilliant. We know how to mine the earth of all it’s riches…over turning mountains, tunneling through the earth and damning up streams…brining to light it’s hidden treasures; yet in all our human brilliance do we know where wisdom is found. Wisdom is hidden from a humanity absent of God. For them wisdom is rumored to exist yet not found among the living. Wisdom is uniquely divine, for it’s worth more than rubies…yet can’t be purchased. Man cannot see it, yet it governs everything around him. Action. My sons, in life wisdom is the great pursuit…defined simply as knowledge and understanding of God. Like a set of glasses…wisdom, hidden from those who God has not given sight, fundamentally defines your view of the world; a true worldview. Wisdom by design doesn’t exist or begin without a healthy fear of the Creator God…realizing He is the sole sustainer of every moment and facet of our existence. Know that as men, we are hard wired to pursuit…redeem your pursuits in life, desire and seek wisdom above all…for in that you will be blessed with special understanding of God and His unique purposes and design in all things.