“No one knows where to find it, for it is not found among the living.” – Job 28:13
A question was once asked, “Where shall wisdom be found?” Apparently, there was a frantic search for wisdom, and no one seemed to know where exactly to find it.
You know, many times in multiple-choice quizzes, when you don’t know which option is right, you start by ticking off the obviously wrong options, right?😏 The people in search of wisdom here applied this same technique. They said, ‘We don’t know where we can find wisdom, but we do know where it cannot be found. And one of those places, according to scripture, where you cannot find wisdom is “in the land of the living.”
What Does This Mean?
Deep breath everyone! What does the Bible mean by ‘wisdom is not found in the land of the living’? It means simply, that to get access to wisdom, one must walk the path of death.
Wisdom is not found in comfort zones. Wisdom is not found in eating and drinking, excess talk or excess sleep. You cannot get wisdom by doing the comfortable things. No! You MUST give up something, something must die! Money. Time. Resources. Food. Sleep. Ego. Friends. Relaxation. Comfort. Life. Something!
Wisdom is not found in the land of the living. You cannot afford to be insouciant (showing a casual lack of concern) about life and be wise. You must step off comfort. Buy and read books. Sit under mentors. Attend seminars. Stay up late. Give up food and comfort. Set and pursue goals. Be deliberate about life.
Go to the Source of Wisdom
Many don’t like the idea of dying to get wisdom. Unfortunately, it’s not a choice. It’s either you “kill what needs to die, or it will die on its own.” In order words, it is either you choose to deliberately pay the price to obtain wisdom, or you pay the price by the costly mistakes you will make – the hard way. Either way, you will learn wisdom eventually. It’s inevitable; you must “go to the land of the dead” to gain access to wisdom.
Remember, however, that the greatest source of wisdom is God (Prov 1:7), and that God’s wisdom is Christ (1 Cor 1:24). Hence the first death you must consider is the Pursuit of Christlikeness. It’s not just about being born again, it’s about doggedly pursuing Christ – seeking intimacy with Him, seeking to become like He was on earth, seeking conformity to Him (2 Cor 3:18). That’s the greatest sign that you’re ready to walk the year in wisdom. So, perhaps wisdom was not a part of your goals this year, it is not late to do so.
Take a look at your goals for the year, write down the wisdom you need to realize them and make up your mind to intently “kill” what you need to kill so that you can arrive there.
STUDY FOCUS: JOB 28
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