December 6, 2015

Mining For Wisdom – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“But wisdom–where does it come from?”

Where is the place of understanding? (Job 28:20 NET)

In one of Job’s dialogues, the ancient patriarch compares his search for spiritual understanding to man’s explorations for metals and precious stones with a description of the work of ancient geologists.

“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined. Iron is taken from the ground, and rock is poured out as copper. … Far from where people live he sinks a shaft, in places travelers have long forgotten, far from other people he dangles and sways…a place whose stones are sapphires and which contains dust of gold;…On the flinty rock man has set to work with his hand; he has overturned mountains at their bases. He has cut out channels through the rocks; his eyes have spotted every precious thing. He has searched the sources of the rivers and what was hidden he has brought into the light.” (Job 28:1-11 NET)

This description of the work of Job’s contemporaries (perhaps four thousand year ago) sounds perfectly modern, not the work of club wielding cave dwellers.

Job appreciates the effort necessary and the difficulty of finding gold, silver, copper, sapphires. More importantly, Job understands that they all are easier to find and less valuable than true wisdom.

“It cannot be measured out for purchase with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires. Neither gold nor crystal can be compared with it, nor can a vase of gold match its worth. Of coral and jasper no mention will be made; the price of wisdom is more than pearls. The topaz of Cush cannot be compared with it; it cannot be purchased with pure gold.” (Job 20:16-19 NET)

Then with the force of the miners pick ax, Job drives his point home.

“But wisdom–where can it be found? Where is the place of understanding? Mankind does not know its place; it cannot be found in the land of the living.” (Job 20:12-13 NET)

“But wisdom–where does it come from? Where is the place of understanding? For it has been hidden from the eyes of every living creature, …it has been concealed.” (Job 20:20-21 NET)

Many a broken prospector has given up in despair, though their faint hope of success is real. Today’s secular philosophers are looking for what is not there, staggering in the empty desert like foolish prospectors, forever searching but not finding.

Perhaps the President or the Prime Minister is a good source. You think? Have you read the news lately? The Apostle Paul says true wisdom is certainly “not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;” (I Corinthians 2:6).

The mine of evolutionary humanism which dominates modern education and “scholarship” will yield only the fool’s gold of “science falsely so called” (I Timothy 6:20 KJV).

Job found true wisdom only through God, and so must we.

“God understands the way to it, and he alone knows its place. For he looks to the ends of the earth and observes everything under the heavens. …And he said to mankind, ‘The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’’’ (Job 20:23-24, 28)

Christians should understand that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true mother lode, the inexhaustible mine “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).

Adapted from an article by Henry M. Morris



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