Job 28: Where Do We Find Wisdom?
In Job 28, Job himself is wondering about the idea of wisdom. He basically wants to know what it even is and how to get it. The chapter begins by saying that we know how to find silver or gold, but we really have no idea how to find wisdom in our natural world. Beyond that, he continues and says that even if you can find it, you can’t put a price on it. It is not as if you can exchange it for money.
Ultimately, here is the conclusion that he comes to.
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Now we at least have a definition. The fear of the Lord is wisdom. Now, there certainly is some kind of real fear involved in this because God is so much greater than we are, and that is overwhelming and terrifying. However, I think that another aspect of this is that there is a respect and reverence as well.
I think that when we follow God and respect His authority, we will make wise decisions.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
We get wisdom from the understanding that the Scripture is provided by God and deserves the utmost of respect from all of us. The Word of God helps to illuminate the world around us, and it helps us understand why the world is the way it is.
I think that the second half of the verse above is the application that if we understand what the Bible is saying, we will depart from evil. We are actually doing what we are told to do and are following the instruction of God. The wisdom that we have gained is now informing our decisions which causes us to depart from evil.
If we want to have wisdom, we need to fear God. We need to recognize His greatness and give Him all the reverence that He ultimately deserves. By viewing the world in this perspective, we will have the greater picture. We can’t find wisdom anywhere else.