I weigh 75 pounds…
Doesn’t that count? Sadly the doctor does not care about my weight on Mars because my force (a.k.a. weight) on Earth is all that matters. Next time you stand on the scale, don’t get mad at it. It’s not the scales fault. You see this thing called gravity intensifies the force upon the surface of the Earth based on your mass. It’s really gravity’s fault!
We live and function under this invisible force called gravity and we really don’t give it much thought. As long as you comply with gravity, life is fairly predictable. Look down from the edge of a cliff and you suddenly recognize the immense power gravity has on your life. If you try to defy gravity, it may not end well.
Job 28 is one of those passages you need to reference often in your Bible because it talks about a different but more powerful and influential force in your life. This force appears in numerous passages throughout Scripture, but in the family of books from Job through Proverbs, this governing law is the crown jewel. Job speaks of man’s resourcefulness as he mines metals from the earth. He descends a shaft into the earth and overturns the “mountains by the roots” (Job 28:9), yet he cannot discover the vault which contains wisdom. Even if you were to interview the deep channels of the ocean, they would admit, “It is not in me” (Job 28:14). With the vantage point of a bird or the prowling of a lion, none can uncover the source of this commodity called wisdom.
Wisdom is this governing law which rules all of God’s creation because God applied divine wisdom when he wove together the components of life together. Man cannot discover the vault nor can he ever esteem wisdom’s value. “The price of wisdom is above rubies” (Job 28:18). It is so elusive even “death and destruction say, ‘We have heard the fame thereof with our ears'” (Job 28:22). How can you ever claim wisdom for yourself? It’s not about where, when, or how much. In order to acquire wisdom, it is about Who. “God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof” (Job 28:23). When you are in a situation where you lack wisdom, “Ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given” (James 1:5).
It’s interesting after Job speaks poetically about wisdom he talks about weight—the weight of winds and water. When people try to defy gravity it can end badly. Similarly, when people choose to defy wisdom, they too will experience destruction. They may get away with their defiance for a while, but eventually, the bands will snap and their life ends in destruction. You must learn to navigate your life with wisdom.
What is wisdom? I’m glad you asked. Job tells us, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28).