Monday, July 05, 2010

Roumors of Wisdom

The book of Job in Chapter 28 contains review of our search for wisdom. We seem to live in an age of information. It is so easy to get information. Books are a plenty, 24 hour news channels, conferences, seminars and the Internet boom. Often I feel on information overload.

Growing up I would gather information about godly things largely by books and attending church services. Hear a guy preaching in flesh and blood. If I was not there I didn't hear it. Now on a Monday morning my iTunes downloads podcasts of sermons given in various continents around the world. Being there is no longer required.

Information, knowledge is not a problem. What I do with that knowledge is much more vital. That's called wisdom and that's much more hard to find.

Wikipedia says: Wisdom is the ability to optimally apply perceptions and knowledge and so produce the desired results.

Ultimately we often replace wisdom we seek with the knowledge we have found. Knowing some thing is of little use if we do not discover what to do with that knowledge.

Job describes in great detail our futile quest for wisdom because we fail to look in the right place.

Miners hammer away at the rock, they uproot the mountains. They tunnel through the rock and find all kinds of beautiful gems. They discover the origins of rivers, and bring earth’s secrets to light. “But where, oh where, will they find Wisdom? Where does Insight hide? - Job 28 v 9 - 12

20 “So where does Wisdom come from? And where does Insight live? It can’t be found by looking, no matter how deep you dig, no matter how high you fly. If you search through the graveyard and question the dead, they say, ‘We’ve only heard rumors of it.’God alone knows the way to Wisdom, he knows the exact place to find it. - Job 28 v 20 - 23

We already KNOW so much maybe its time to go to God and find out what we should DO with it?


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