The Hidden Treasure of Wisdom

Posted: December 31, 2013 in The Kingdom Of Heaven
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“People know where to mine silver and how to refine gold.  They know where to dig iron from the earth and how to smelt copper from rock.  They know how to shine light in the darkness and explore the farthest regions of the earth as they search in the dark for ore.  They sink a mine shaft into the earth far from where anyone lives.  They descend on ropes, swinging back and forth.  Food is grown on the earth above, but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.  Here the rocks contain precious sapphires, and the dust contains gold.  These are the treasures no bird of prey can see, no falcon’s eye observes.  No wild animal has walked upon these treasures; no lion has ever set his paw there.  People know how to tear apart flinty rocks and overturn the roots of mountains.  They cut tunnels in the rocks and uncover precious stones.  They dam up the trickling streams and bring to light the hidden treasures.  But do people know where to find wisdom?  Where can they find understanding?  No one knows where to find it, for it is not found among the living. ‘It is not here,’ says the ocean. ‘Nor is it here,’ says the sea.  It cannot be bought with gold.  It cannot be purchased with silver.  It’s worth more than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx or sapphires.  Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal.  It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold.  Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it.  The price of wisdom is far above rubies.  Precious peridot from Ethiopia cannot be exchanged for it.  It’s worth more than the purest gold.  But do people know where to find wisdom?  Where can they find understanding?  It is hidden from the eyes of all humanity.  Even the sharp-eyed birds in the sky cannot discover it.  Destruction and Death say, ‘We’ve heard only rumors of where wisdom can be found.’  God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found, for he looks throughout the whole earth and sees everything under the heavens.  He decided how hard the winds should blow and how much rain should fall.  He made the laws for the rain and laid out a path for the lightning.  Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it.  He set it in place and examined it thoroughly.  And this is what he says to all humanity:  ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’ (Job 28)

“My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.  Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.  Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.  Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.  For the Lord grants wisdom!  From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.  He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.  He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.  Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.  Wise choices will watch over you.  Understanding will keep you safe.  Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.  These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths.  They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil  Their actions are crooked and their ways are wrong.” (Proverbs 2:1-15)

“Wisdom shouts in the streets.  She cries out in the public square.  She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: ‘How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simple-minded?  How long will you mockers relish your mocking?  How long will you fools hate knowledge?  Come and listen to my counsel.  I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.’ (Proverbs 1:20-23)

For thousands of years, the inhabitants of earth have been dazzled by precious gemstones and metals and have done everything possible to possess them.  Worldwide, these precious commodities are acknowledged by all as things worthy of great searches and labor.  How many stories are there of expeditions, schemes, enslavement and murder in the countless quests to acquire these precious treasures?

But the One who created it all says there is treasure that far surpasses the beauty and worth of any precious thing on earth.  He says we should seek it and value it above all earthly treasures.

But there’s a catch.  Unlike gemstones and gold and silver treasures which yield themselves to the tenacity and means of the seeker, Wisdom is a Spirit who yields herself to those that she wants to and is completely evasive to others.  Try as hard as we might to find her, if Wisdom doesn’t want to be found, she will not be found.

And yet, the Scriptures tell us that she “shouts”, “cries” and “calls” out from the most visible and noticeable places possible, places everyone can see her from (roof tops, the main street, the city gate); she behaves how anyone would who is desperately trying to get someone’s attention.

We pass by.  We see her.  We hear her.  We even understand her.

But those who don’t come when she calls, who don’t pay attention, who ignore her counsel, who reject the corrections she offers, who mock her or hate the knowledge she tries to share; from those she eventually hides herself. (Proverbs 1:24-32)  Like the most precious and priceless gemstone embedded deep within a common-looking rock, she hides in plain sight.

Yes, she cloaks her beauty and reserves the possession of it for a select few: those who fear the Lord.opal



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