Job’s Hymn to Wisdom

Where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located? Job 28:12

Job describes man’s skill in digging for precious metals and jewels. Yet in all his drilling ability, he has been unable to unearth true wisdom. Earthly wisdom consists of envy and selfish ambition, which produces disorder and every kind of evil (James 3:15, 16). God is the giver of the wisdom believer’s seek. It is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy (James 3:17).

Nowadays, we have skills in ‘digging’ for distractions. To be relatable in the current culture, almost everyone seems to need a smartphone. As a result, the amount of distractions available is mind-boggling. My daughter mentioned she felt there had already been so much dazzle experienced on smartphones that now the electronic fascination is shifting to vehicles. If you have watched car ads these days, her opinion is probably right. We recently needed repairs done on one of our cars, so we were supplied with a 2019 rental. The car had so many electronic gadgets we could hardly keep our fingers still. Reflecting on it, I can see what a draw electronics are and how much of our time is spent learning, talking, playing, and even discussing their abilities. The tools can certainly be helpful, but it will take tremendous resolve to keep them in their place. Lord, we need your help to not be caught by the glittering lure of distraction. We desire Your pure wisdom and understanding.

A friend of mine shared a quote someone made regarding how they felt a satanic lullaby was lulling the American church, and she could feel herself being put to sleep. I thought about this as I was getting out of that decked out rental car and realized how easily that has become the American reality. We must work at it if we intend not to be lulled into an electronic slumber. Living in this cocooning technological age will require a persistent resolve on our part to keep it in check if we desire to not sit idly by as our spiritual health declines because of the gluttany of distraction.

Let’s not forget marketing’s impact in its attempt to suggest worldly wisdom and understanding. My daughter and I found a program we enjoy watching from the ’50s called, What’s My Line. The commercial that runs during the program describes a product based on what it does (even though it is still quite humorous), not the emotion it supposedly produces if you use it as we see in our current commercials. Lord, we desire Your wisdom and understanding so we can discern when the world’s objects are molding our emotions. I understand why the person holds the opinion that Americans are being lulled into a spiritual slumber. We allow our emotions to be treated like marionettes and accept our smartphone as our new buddy. Where are these things considered our primary source of wisdom and understanding these days?

Job’s illustration indicated that true wisdom and understanding will not be found by human science or mere investigation. Man has shown his skill and wisdom by penetrating the earth, cutting through rocks, closing up gushing fountains, and locating treasures that had been buried for generations. Yet all this did not enable him to fully explain the operations of the divine government. Even today, true wisdom and understanding will be found in the Word of God so we must put our energies toward this endeavor.

Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Romans 12:11

Let’s be fully aware that unless we are diligent in seeking after the things of God, we will be lulled to sleep by the dazzling components of this electronic age, all the while becoming weaker in spirit and service. Let’s shake ourselves from any spiritual slumber so we can also awaken others. Help us, Lord, to not lack diligence. Help us Lord to be fervent in spirit for we desire Your wisdom and understanding. Amen.

In His grace,

Amanda

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