“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? No mortal comprehends its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me.’ The sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed out in silver. It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or lapis lazuli. Neither gold nor cystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold. Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies. The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.” (Job 28:12-19 ESV)
Wisdom is a priceless commodity. It takes maturity and experience to gain it.
“Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky. Destruction and Death say, ‘Only a rumor of it has reached our ears. God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When He established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when He made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then He looked at wisdom and appraised it; He confirmed it and tested it. And He said to the human race, ‘THE FEAR OF THE LORD – THAT IS WISDOM, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:20-28 ESV)
You are on your way to having wisdom when you put your faith in the One who created you. Then and only then, can you have the wisdom to truly understand good versus evil in the world. Our firstborn graduated this week. My prayer for her and for all of the graduates beginning the next step in their lives as young adults, is to fear the Lord, so that they have the wisdom they need to shun the evil that surrounds us in this fallen world.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)