"But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Mortals do not know the way to it, and it's not found in the land of the living."
Humankind has done an amazing job of mining precious stones & metals from the hidden recesses of this world. Silver, gold, iron & copper... onyx, sapphires, coral, crystal, glass & pearls. They each are substances of worth in our world. Part of their value is the effort it takes to mine and process them. Job 28 knows this and does a fine job of communicating this truth.
But what's of even greater value than any of these precious stones or metals? WISDOM. It may not seem like it - especially in a society where the acquisition of wealth seems to be such a priority. But Job knows the deep truth of God: wisdom is to be valued above all!
The challenge, then, is to find wisdom. The Search! We scour the earth for stones & metals... yet seem to care less about seeking wisdom. Strange, isn't it? God knows how to get wisdom (see Job 28:23!). We're called to seek the LORD... to "fear" Him (though I prefer the words 'respect,' 'revere,' or 'be in awe of,' personally).
Gee... maybe wisdom should have been on my Christmas wish list?!?
New Year's resolution, maybe!?!