|Everything in Its Place – but Wisdom?|
The Story: Notice that Job is not looking for “right or wrong.” He’s in search of wisdom. Humans are able to figure out and make sense of deep mysteries. Job reflects on the mining industry, how men can penetrate to the depths of the earth, even overturning mountains, to bring out silver, ore, and precious gems. Men can do great works, including holding back the power of water, doubtless, in this instance, for irrigation. Men discover hidden things (v. 11; cf. Prov. 25:2). But where is wisdom? Where is real understanding? Not just into the mysteries of the earth, but the mysteries of life? That’s what Job is seeking, and it’s what eludes him. Job is having difficulty being content with not knowing what he wants to know. That’s both a bad and a good place to be. Good, because it keeps us searching after knowledge and wisdom. Bad, because it can lead us to think we should know as God knows. And we can’t do that (Eccl. 3:9).
The Structure: Job’s desire to gain wisdom and knowledge is laudable, to an extent. We must never forget that all wisdom and knowledge are with God, deposited in our Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 2:3). We can know God and Jesus Christ, but we can’t know as they know. And knowing the difference is crucial.Do you think Christians should be more urgent about knowing more than they do? Why or why not?
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