The Price of Wisdom
“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know it’s worth and it is not found in the land of the living.” (Job 28:12-13)
Civilizations have risen, and fallen, on the culmination of human wisdom. It has become easy to remain comfortable in a society that has interpreted the benefits of human wisdom, as the gains for materialism, and personal power. If humanity has a tendency to view wisdom as a means to personal gain, then Job’s acquisition of “humbling-spiritual wisdom” stands as a testament for the ‘difficult pathway’. At what point do we then realize the shortcomings of human wisdom, in the face of God’s divine wisdom?
In endless attempts to find wisdom, fallible mankind has sought out riches, power, and security in place of reflection in, and waiting for, God’s guidance. I have found that so many times in my life, I continually fail at being even conceivably knowledgeable, let alone providing any sense of true wisdom. I can look through the world in a subjective, inward manner, only to find myself ‘running in circles’. The statement: “man does not know its worth”, seems to be pretty clear that the importance of true wisdom is not something easily attained, as it is bestowed upon man by God through the processes of faith, prayer, and experience.
An individual could know (intricately) endless facts, exemplify perfect values, and understand the concepts of society in a way that exemplifies its greatest ‘achievements’; but in the end it all pales in comparison to God’s wisdom. To be placed in the “full spectrum” of God’s omniscience, man faces the obstacles of his own fallible wisdom. The ‘hymn of wisdom’ asks the questions that many of us do not want to ask, because we do not want to find ourselves ‘coming up short’, but in the strictest sense, we are not God, and only he has the ultimate truth. Our goal is then to seek his guidance, in an attempt to better understand God’s divine wisdom. We should be asking questions, we should be challenging misconceptions, but we should also be finding solace.