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!