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Man’s search for Wealth

Since we have been home I have seen a lot of ads and commercials and actually watched an episode of Gold Rush a History channel show about searching for Gold in Alaska. There are a lot of shows out there today that show man’s unquenchable search for wealth in some of the strangest and most dangerous places. Man will go to the extreme all in an effort to get wealth. This is not a new phenomenon. In my reading today in Job 28 we see that same search for wealth happening during this time that some believe to be about 600 years after the flood some 1800 years before the birth of Christ.Yet Job challenges his friends and us to search not for wealth but for wisdom which is far superior.

Man will go to extreme measures to find wealth. They will turn the world upside down. They will go into the wilderness – where no one has gone before – risk their lives to get rich. This is what man will do for wealth. These verses found here in Job chapter 28 are talking about this: “Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.  2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.” and “He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.  10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.” All of this from verse 1-11 are leading up to the question of verse 12. “Where can wisdom be found?” Wisdom is far more precious then the wealth that the world has to offer.

Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Man goes to great length on the show Gold Rush there was a teenage boy that moved almost an entire mountain with an excavator in a search for Gold he thought to be there. If you go to Wyoming you can see open pit mines. Job points out how far man will go in verses 1-4. In verses 8 he talks about man going to places that birds can’t fly and where the fiercest lion would not dare to tread. Man will risk life and limb in his pursuit of wealth.

Where is Wisdom Found?

Job 28:12-19 “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.

Job’s point in all of this is man is searching for wealth and he will go to great lengths to find it but, is he searching for wisdom. For wisdom is  much greater than wealth. The truth is man does search for wisdom, just that he searches in all the wrong places and he uses all the wrong means.

Wisdom Is In The Fear of God!

When you get to verse 20 Job ask two more questions. “Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?”  Job continues to tell us that this wisdom is hidden from the eyes of the living. But he says that God understands wisdom after all he is the one who established this earth. Job says he has:

  • established the weight of the wind.
  • measured out every drop of water on the earth
  • set the rules for rain
  • established the path of the thunderbolt

So if we want to find true wisdom Job concludes we need to search at the source of Wisdom. vs. 28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

The question we need to ask ourselves is are we looking for wealth or are we looking for Wisdom and if we are looking for Wisdom that can only be found in the Lord.

May we seek His wisdom today.

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