Read Job 28:12-28.
Back in the day, the newspapers carried advice columns. Dear Abby, Ann Landers, and even Billy Graham dispensed words of wisdom to readers. Today, one need only consult the internet, which has thrust us into an age of endless information. But, the question for us today is the same as it was for those who perused the newspaper: Where can we find wisdom?
Job asked the same question. He had had everything taken away from him by Satan, who was, we must remember, operating at God’s permission. At this point in his account, Job had the “benefit” of three friends who suggested that Job’s difficulties were the result of some major sin on his part. His losses, they contended were God’s judgement on Job. Job defended himself and his integrity against each argument. Job then begins a discourse on wisdom. What is wisdom? I found an idea from the Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft that wisdom is an understanding of value. It is more precious than precious metals or jewels. People search for it, but seldom find it because, like love, they look for it in all the wrong places. Blaise Pascal reminds us that there is a God-shaped hole in the human heart and people attempt to fill that hole with all manner of things. But, ultimately, God is the source of wisdom because He has a higher perspective and is more knowledgeable that we could ever hope to be.
Why should we not consult the creator of the universe and the creator of us in the search for wisdom? Indeed, Job concludes that the greatest value lies in reverence for God and shunning evil because of that reverence for Him. In order to seek godly wisdom, we need to have the daily discipline of prayer and reading of His word. I hope that each one of you has incorporated that discipline in your lives. If not, then start today!