I read Job 28-30 this morning. In Job 28, Job is comparing the surpassing worth of wisdom, to the worth of precious stones. He starts by detailing the great efforts men make to find precious stones. Oh what pains miners will take, and what dangers they will expose themselves to. They go to places, underground, that the eagle eye does not see, nor does the lion venture to. Great ingenuity men use to get at these things. Yet, wisdom is something of greater worth, yet it is sought less, found less, through Proverbs 1 describes wisdom as crying aloud outside –
20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: 22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. (Proverbs 1:20-22 NKJ)
Why do we have such a hard time finding wisdom?
Is it because our eyes are focused in the wrong way? Are we too much looking underground or in the dark for things of value?
Matthew Henry quotes a poem of Mr. Herbert called “Avarice”
Money, thou bane of bliss, thou source of woe,
Whence com’st thou, that thou art so fresh and fine?
I know thy parentage is base and low;
Man found thee poor and dirty in a mine.
Surely thou didst so little contribute
To this great kingdom which thou now hast got
That he was fain, when thou wast destitute,
To dig thee out of thy dark cave and grot.
Man calleth thee his wealth, who made thee rich,
And while he digs out thee falls in the ditch.
Yet, now money need not be “gold” or “silver” … Now, paper will do!
The Wisdom of God is a gift of God’s Holy Spirit. We find it by digging in God’s Holy Word. We find it when we pray for it –
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:2-6 NKJ)