Job 28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. 15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. 20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? 21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. 22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. 23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. 24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. 26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. 28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
A priceless treasure anyone can have. How about that! Think of the valuable treasures and what men put value on. I wonder how many people who have lots of money in Wall Street are on nerve medicine. It becomes an obsession to seek treasure of gold and silver. Enough is never enough. That seems to be their goal in life. Others sell their soul for the limelight. It’s sad. People want attention so much that they post anything on line. It’s foolishness. The trends and styles change and advertisers go after us. It’s called forced obsoletion in which they try to convince you that item you bought last year is now obsolete and must be replaced with this new one, the latest and greatest.
Man’s most valued treasure is the one he seeks the least. The fruit of the Spirit brings satisfaction not found anywhere else. Job said the sea will say the treasure is not in it. You can’t buy it with gold, silver or jewels. Death and destruction are the consequences of sin. We’re a dying people without Jesus as Savior. Our bodies are dying now but through Jesus Christ we live. We know God through Jesus. Job also tells us that even though this body is dying in our flesh we will see God. This treasure can be found and held. It’s important to keep it. What is it? Wisdom and understanding. It’s not about the knowledge to raise a garden or play the stock market or invent some new thing. These kinds of things will perish. You can’t take any of it with you when you die. But the treasure of wisdom and understanding goes with us into eternity. To know Jesus as Savior is to know wisdom. Yes. Destruction and death have heard about it but the treasure is not there. We’ll not find it in the body as it will die. Exercise is good for us. I should do more. Compared to everything else we need, the exercise profits little. We need wisdom and understanding more than we need exercise.
Verse 28: Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. The fear of the Lord is wisdom while understanding causes us to depart from evil. It causes us, as Isaiah did, to see God high and lifted up. It’s a fear of awe at who God is and brings wisdom. True evil is a heart empty of any acknowledgment of God and love only for self and the world. What we have from God is true wisdom and understanding. We can see the snares of the devil. We can’t survive without them. Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God and he is in our hearts. Seek these treasures because you can have them. They are priceless treasures anyone can have.