Sometimes in our Christian walk, God sends trials into our lives to refine us and to mold and make us into the image of His dear Son. Sometimes during this process, life begins to have many different twists and turns that we do not understand, and we ask God why. We want to understand. We want wisdom, but it seems to be so very elusive. How and where do we find it? In Proverbs 3:13 it says: “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” When you find wisdom, you get understanding. In verses 14-15 it goes on to say: “For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.” There are a lot of things that we desire in this life, but none of them can compare to what we have when we find wisdom. Proverbs 3:16-17 tell us: “Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” We all want peace in our lives. We need peace, but when our lives are in turmoil where do we find it? Proverbs 3:18 says: “She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” If we could just find her (wisdom), and physically hold her, we would not want to let her go.
In fact, the Bible admonishes us to get wisdom! Proverbs 4:5-7 tells us: “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” We live in a world that has no wisdom and no understanding! If anybody should have wisdom, it should be the believer in Jesus Christ!
James 1:5-7 says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” Wisdom is knowing what to do and when to do it! God is a giver and He will give us wisdom. He is the source of wisdom, but you have to be willing to pay the price.
There is a man in the Bible who loved God and eschewed evil. His name is Job. Talk about troubles and trials, this man had them! Job was a man that seemed to have everything, but in just a few minutes he lost it all! He lost his family, his livelihood, all his possessions, and his health! He lost all ten children at once! Don’t you think he wondered why that was happening to him? Don’t you think that he needed understanding? His friends accused him falsely, his wife told him to curse God and die. But amongst all the turmoil, Job found wisdom and understanding. In Job 28, Job starts talking about things of the earth, such as gold and silver, and where each can be found. He then starts thinking about a path that not even the animals know about. It is the path of wisdom. Next, he begins to think about God. In Job 28:12, he asked: “But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?” It can not be bought with gold, nor found buried in the earth.” Job’s thoughts go back to God and what God said in Job 28:28: “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” Through trials, tribulations, and sorrows, Job found wisdom. There is a price.