“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’ and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’”
Job 28:12, 14
In 1984, my friend Rob’s and my parents gave us a choice that summer – we could go with my parents to Hawaii or travel by ourselves, just the two of us, to the south central U.S.
We chose to go to Kentucky and Tennessee.
It doesn’t sound like a very wise or sound decision today, but when you are 18 years old, traveling by yourself with your buddy did sound like the best choice.
We drove first to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. We took a couple of cave tours. That was amazing! To walk hundreds of feet underground – with tons of rock and earth over your head – was to walk in another world!
We then drove down to Knoxville, Tennessee to visit the World’s Fair. Also amazing! To see the different country’s pavilions and all the technological advancements up to that time!
In Kentucky we learned that people have been using caves for all sorts of things for practically all of history. Mining precious stones and metals, using as homes or storage, and more recently as a source of primary ingredients of gunpowder!
At the World’s Fair we saw how many countries are making technological advances – at the time that was mostly computer-related.
But the natural formation and phenomena of caves and the man-made technological revolution can only take us so far.
Job makes this very point in chapter 28.
Ever since Adam and Eve’s Fall into sin, mankind has been searching for wisdom and understanding. Job uses the illustrations that man has been “mining” for them. In other words, they have been using their own knowledge and resources to gain wisdom for themselves.
But wisdom and understanding – true wisdom and understanding – cannot be found by man’s efforts, resourcefulness and intellect.
Job reminds all of us that “the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding” (v 28).
Our own intellect and resourcefulness tends to lead us to war, pain and suffering. Something else Rob and I learned on our trip as we also traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee – also known as Atomic City and sight of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It was here that much of the materials for the Manhattan Project atomic bomb was manufactured.
Left to our own devices, our search for wisdom and knowledge – while extremely powerful – will fall far short of what we are looking for.
But if we take Job’s advice and seek to “fear” (that is, believe or have faith in) God, we will find the wisdom that leads to everlasting peace and life.
For the “wisdom” of God is actually Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and Savior of us all!
When Jesus took our sins away with his death on the cross, the Holy Spirit gave us the power to turn away from evil and, thus, turn to true understanding of God!
And as we find this wisdom and understanding, we find true peace and comfort that the world can never give or find on its own!
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