God Knows Its Place, and It Is Not Here

“But where shall wisdom be found?
    And where is the place of understanding?
Man does not know its worth,
    and it is not found in the land of the living.
The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
    and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
It cannot be bought for gold,
    and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
    in precious onyx or sapphire.
Gold and glass cannot equal it,
    nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
    the price of wisdom is above pearls.
The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
    nor can it be valued in pure gold.

“From where, then, does wisdom come?
    And where is the place of understanding?
It is hidden from the eyes of all living
    and concealed from the birds of the air…

“God understands the way to it,
    and he knows its place.
For he looks to the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
When he gave to the wind its weight
    and apportioned the waters by measure,
when he made a decree for the rain
    and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
 then he saw it and declared it;
    he established it, and searched it out.
And he said to man,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
    and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:12-21,23-28

God set Adam and Eve in Eden with the tree of life, but the serpent bit them with a gnawing for wisdom they could procure on their own. From that time on, we have sought wisdom with limited understanding and tainted flesh. Driven by yearning, we use our minds and every capability, but so often apart from the High and Holy One who made us for Himself. Fearing what we don’t know, and revering ourselves in high esteem, we look to everyone and everything but Him. (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7)

But only God, who sees, knows, and upholds everything, understands the way to it. The Lord by whom and for whom all was created is the One to be sought and known. He who counts the stars and measures the winds and holds back the sea is the Way, Truth, and Life, the Source and Fount of wisdom. The value and potency of fearing this unsearchable God and owning godly wisdom is immeasurable. (Psalm 147:4; Proverbs 8:28-30; John 14:6, Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:3)

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
    and I find knowledge and discretion.
I have counsel and sound wisdom;
    I have insight; I have strength.
By me kings reign,
    and rulers decree what is just;
by me princes rule,
    and nobles, all who govern justly.
I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me diligently find me.
Riches and honor are with me,
    enduring wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
    and my yield than choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness,
    in the paths of justice,
granting an inheritance to those who love me,
    and filling their treasuries.” Proverbs 8:12,14-21

What will I do to redirect my search for wisdom?

Lord, may I fear and honor You always and above all things so wisdom finds its place here in me.

One thought on “God Knows Its Place, and It Is Not Here”

  1. Amen! May I ever search the true wisdom in the books of Scripture and Nature with a humble and fearing heart.


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