Whom Can I Trust Job 28:1-4,12-13,15-16,20-23,26-28 June 23, 2013
This chapter in the book of Job is titled, Job’s hymn to wisdom, in the HCSB version. God’s Word definitely places a high view on scripture. We need to allow the truth about wisdom to seek deep into our beings so we will make decisions like God desires and not like we ourselves. This lesson makes it clear how valuable wisdom is and where it comes from. If and when we ask, Whom Can I Trust, this lesson will guide us to get wisdom from the Lord. He knows its value and its location.
1. Whom Can I Trust As I . . Recognize The Limits. 28:1-4, 12
A. Recognize the Limits but Search for . . Wisdom. 28:1-4
1 Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken from the ground, and copper is smelted from ore.
3 A miner puts an end to the darkness; he probes the deepest recesses for ore in the gloomy darkness.
4 He cuts a shaft far from human habitation, in places unknown to those who walk above ground.
Suspended far away from people, the miners swing back and forth.
B. Recognize the Limits but Seek for . . Wisdom. 28:12
12 But where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located?
All of us can trust wisdom. The problem exist because we don’t always know what represents wisdom in some of the decisions we must make. Some times we don’t recognize the limits but as we continue to live for God and seek His wisdom we will become wiser. If the scripture obviously applies we will know we have a scriptural guide. But suppose we had a really tough decision and do not seem to have the guidance we need. We need to ask ourselves if we have been seeking God’s wisdom on all of our projected decisions. Wisdom will come to the person who regularly sought it from the Lord. Although Job did not get wisdom from his friends we will do well to cultivate spiritual friends and associates to whom we can regularly seek counsel and wise advice.
2. Whom Can I Trust As I . . Acknowledge Wisdom’s Values. 28:13, 15-16
A. Acknowledge Wisdom’s Values As Very . . Rare 28:13
13 No man can know its value, since it cannot be found in the land of the living.
B. Acknowledge Wisdom’s Values As Very . . Precious. 28:15-16
15 Gold cannot be exchanged for it, and silver cannot be weighed out for its price.
16 Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.
Most if not all of us would recognize the value of precious metals. Wisdom obviously contains much value. Many simple solutions can take president over seemingly more valuable answers. Several books in the Bible can help us today. Proverbs tells us, “Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Pro. 9:9-10 HCSB) The longer you see and know about the wisdom of the Lord the
more precious it becomes.
3. Whom Can I Trust As I . . Seek Wisdom’s Guidance. 28:20-23, 26-28
A. Seek Wisdom’s Guidance . . Receive it from God. 28:20-23
20 Where then does wisdom come from, and where is understanding located?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing and concealed from the birds of the sky.
22 Abaddon and Death say, "We have heard news of it with our ears."
23 But God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location.
B. Seek Wisdom’s Guidance . . Receive It As You Fear the Lord. 28:26-28
26 when He established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning,
27 He considered wisdom and evaluated it; He established it and examined it.
28 He said to mankind, "Look! The fear of the Lord — that is wisdom, and to turn from evil is
The Book of James tells us this about wisdom, “if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5) HCSB That sounds like a very good invitation. Job very affirmatively tell us we can receive wisdom from the Lord for He knows the way to wisdom because He knows its location. Once again we see the scriptural admonition to fear the Lord and turn from evil. Of course this fear is the reverential awe and worship of God. If we ask the question, Whom Can I Trust the obvious answer is the Lord Amen? Amen!