Lent Devotional: Job 28
by Jonathan Haefs
Job 28 (click here)
Man puts his hand to the flinty rock and overturns mountains by the roots. 10 He cuts out channels in the rocks, and his eye sees every precious thing. 11 He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light. 12 But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? (Job 28:9-12)
…Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding. (Job 28:28)
How often do we mistake knowledge for wisdom? Job lists marvelous technological accomplishments which mankind has achieved by the power of intellect…yet despite all these “advances” we are no wiser.
Is this not true amidst our “advanced” culture. We have seen so many advances in technology over the past several decades. Everywhere you turn, there is another celebration of human accomplishment. We have come so far!…but have we really?
Our world is still one covered in brokenness… and more so than ever before. The 20th century saw the greatest technological advances in history and the greatest human atrocities. For all our increased knowledge we are no wiser.
Wisdom cannot be found in us. It must come from outside us. Wisdom comes from God. The good news is that he is a gracious giver of wisdom to those who humble themselves and seek it in him instead of in themselves. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).”
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.