The first 11 verses of Job 28 shows what kind of extent mankind will go through to find precious jewels and silver. Hidden beneath the ground, man will travel great lengths and tear up creation to find hidden jewels. It’s not easy to find. Especially in that day and age with limited resources, and technology that we have today that will work in our favor to travel and find such riches. But still they seek and find it. And Job points this out, illustrating how much tougher it is to seek and find true wisdom from the Lord.
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.
Only God knows what true wisdom is and it cannot be found on this earth without Him (v. 23). Only through God’s revelation can one find it. And He reveals it to man when they fear him. True wisdom, as repeated often in the Proverbs is the fear of the Lord. Being in awe of God and turning away from evil gives true understanding (v. 28). And this God-given wisdom is much more valuable then precious jewels and silver that man goes through great extremes to find. True wisdom leads us to the Lord and the revealing of Himself through a relationship in the Gospel, in holy fear of who we truly are as sinners and what we deserve in comparison to a Holy God. And then we understand our need for salvation from sin through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t truly turn away from evil without it. Wisdom is from the Lord and as hard as it may seem to find for some, it’s available to all through the proclamation and receiving of the Gospel.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor