14 day plan

God’s Wisdom – you just have to ask!

Day 4 of 14


Job 28:12

12But where can wisdom be found?

Where does understanding dwell?

Reflection:  Most of us are aware of Job’s terrible tale of woe. The righteous man who lost everything following a conversation between Satan and God as to whether Job would curse God if his life was overcome with suffering. Job remained true to God even though he had no understanding of why everything in his life had been taken away.

This Bible verse is part of an entire chapter titled Interlude: Where Wisdom is Found. It is a beautiful descriptive piece, setting up these questions posed in verse 12. Man can go into the deepest depths, searching for priceless stones, places that not even the animals can reach, and yet wisdom is not there!

Job then asks, ‘where can wisdom be found?’

He has found no earthly answers to his predicament. He has been brought to his knees and he knows that wisdom cannot be purchased, not even with rubies or pure gold.

Out of Job’s suffering he has learned a lesson that we can only learn through our own suffering. That God alone sees everything and knows where wisdom dwells.

This is a profound story that has the potential to bring great comfort when we are brought to our knees.

Prayer:  Creator God, help me to understand the lessons of Job. Help me to draw comfort no matter my circumstances, in the knowledge that all wisdom and understanding dwell with you. Amen.

Job 28:1-28

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

1There is a mine for silver

and a place where gold is refined.

2Iron is taken from the earth,

and copper is smelted from ore.

3Mortals put an end to the darkness;

they search out the farthest recesses

for ore in the blackest darkness.

4Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,

in places untouched by human feet;

far from other people they dangle and sway.

5The earth, from which food comes,

is transformed below as by fire;

6lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,

and its dust contains nuggets of gold.

7No bird of prey knows that hidden path,

no falcon’s eye has seen it.

8Proud beasts do not set foot on it,

and no lion prowls there.

9People assault the flinty rock with their hands

and lay bare the roots of the mountains.

10They tunnel through the rock;

their eyes see all its treasures.

11They search the sources of the rivers

and bring hidden things to light.

12But where can wisdom be found?

Where does understanding dwell?

13No mortal comprehends its worth;

it cannot be found in the land of the living.

14The deep says, “It is not in me”;

the sea says, “It is not with me.”

15It cannot be bought with the finest gold,

nor can its price be weighed out in silver.

16It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,

with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

17Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,

nor can it be had for jewels of gold.

18Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;

the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.

19The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;

it cannot be bought with pure gold.

20Where then does wisdom come from?

Where does understanding dwell?

21It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,

concealed even from the birds in the sky.

22Destruction and Death say,

“Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”

23God understands the way to it

and he alone knows where it dwells,

24for he views the ends of the earth

and sees everything under the heavens.

25When he established the force of the wind

and measured out the waters,

26when he made a decree for the rain

and a path for the thunderstorm,

27then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;

he confirmed it and tested it.

28And he said to the human race,

“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,

and to shun evil is understanding.”