Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding?
We live in a world filled with so much technology it seems as though there is nearly nothing we cannot do or accomplish. In fact, the last century has seen more leaps in technology than any previous one-hundred-year span. By the late 1800’s, the most impressive piece of technology was the locomotive. By the 1920’s, the first automobiles and airplanes had come into existence. By the 1930’s, radio. By the 1940’s, we had figured out how to split the nucleus of an atom. And by the late 1960’s, we put a man on the moon. Yet for all our scientific and technological advancements, as Job discusses (28:1-11, 16-19), we do not know how or where to find wisdom. The one thing that “cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx, or sapphire” (v.16), “nor can it be valued in pure gold. (v.19). Job will ask the question twice: “Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding? (vv.12, 20). He concludes with this answer: “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding” (v.28). Wisdom is found in God’s word and in living in obedience to God’s word. Specifically, the apostle Paul will say that true wisdom can only be found in Christ and in knowing Christ (Col 2:1-3). If you want wisdom, seek to know Christ.
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