CAN WE SIMPLY “GOOGLE” FOR WISDOM?

JOB 28:26-28
26 “When He made a law for the rain,
And a path for the thunderbolt,
27 Then He saw wisdom and declared it;
He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
28 And to man He said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

OBSERVATION: What is the source of “Wisdom”? Where can I find it? Today we live in an unprecedented time. We hold the information of the world in the palm of our hand in a little device called the smartphone. I remember having to comb through the “Yellow Pages” to find a service provider or a restaurant. Now we can simply “Google” it and instantly we have a list in our current area to choose from. Any item, any subject, any area of interest – is instantly accessible. Or is it?

If information were the source of “Wisdom” we would be the most intelligent society this world has ever known. Are we? I don’t think so. There is more brokenness, corruption, violence, addiction, and insecurity than ever before. Nation continues to rise against nation. Families continue to break apart. Faced with a million choices, we continue to make bad ones. We have all the information of the world in the palm of our hand – but “Wisdom” seems to elude us. Why?

Job gives us the answer in these three verses. Wisdom is not just a collection of information from those who deem intelligence. Wisdom is a “proclamation” from the CREATOR of the Universe. Job writes – “When He made a law for the rain, and a path for the thunderbolt, then He saw wisdom and declared it, He prepared it, indeed He searched it out.” The “Wisdom” that man needs is not created by higher learning or the dispensing of information – IT IS PROCLAIMED! True “Wisdom” comes from the One who created and holds the course of the universe in His hands. It is beyond man, and it cannot be discovered simply by “Googling” it.

So how do we find “Wisdom”? Job continues – “Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.” To “fear the Lord” does not mean to cower at the power of the Lord. To “fear the Lord” means that we hold the Lord in high esteem, we reverence Him. Jesus defined it this way – “But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) All what things? The things of wisdom and understanding, the things of the Kingdom of God! When we begin to look to the Lord daily for our wisdom and guidance, by looking to His Word and honoring His commands – we are on the pathway to wisdom and understanding. We are to do this “FIRST” – before “Googling”. For who has more knowledge – The accumulated finite wisdom of fallen man – or the INFINITE WISDOM OF THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE?

Lord, this morning I choose to honor You! I choose to seek Your Kingdom first – before I do anything else. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me today so that I might truly fear You, and in fearing You – truly follow You! Lead me in the pathway of Your “Wisdom” and “Understanding”! In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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