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Oh, For Wisdom

I hear people lament that they could use a little wisdom at times. Okay, they admit they could use mega wisdom. People are looking for help to make good decisions in life, such as which vocation to follow or what solutions will address their problems. The unemployed worry, “If I only knew how to prosper financially,” and parents wonder, “How can I answer all my children’s questions, which are driving me nuts?”

It’s true that wisdom is essential for every facet of our lives. The question is “Where then does wisdom come from? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing” (Job 28:20-21, KJV). Who then has this wisdom? There must be some mystical person who is all-knowing and influential in great matters. We could climb to the highest mountain if needed. Tell us how we can locate those select individuals who have all this necessary wisdom.

The real fact is that wisdom can’t be bought with gold or silver. There is no price that can be paid to purchase wisdom. We cannot exchange it for jewels or items of gold, like people exchange valuable pieces today, “for the price of wisdom is above rubies” (Job 28:18).

This may be a shock to you, but there is no human that has all knowledge. Man’s wisdom needs assistance; it can be biased, corrupted, indiscriminate, foolish, or unwise. The Word of God says that God understands wisdom’s ways and He alone knows where it dwells (Job 28:23).

We don’t have to look any further. God is the author of wisdom and He says to mankind, “The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil understanding” (Job 28:28, NIV).

Just what is “the fear of the Lord?” Scripture is not talking about that awful fear when we are in the dark or when we watch a murder thriller. No, “the fear of the Lord” means to have reverent respect and a godly fear of sinning against Him. It means giving God His rightful place in our lives, acknowledging and recognizing that He is Supreme over everything and that He knows all things. Obeying His commandments, living them out in our lives, and giving Him worship are all a part of “the fear of the Lord.”

Accepting Him as your Creator and allowing His wisdom to guide you should be your top priority since He is the One who has all wisdom. His angels bow down to Him. They know what it is like to be in His Majestic presence.

Do you want wisdom? Then remember‒“the fear of the Lord” is the beginning of wisdom. The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it this way: “Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (12:13, NIV).

Florence Simmons writes to encourage people to make the right choices in their daily living.