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Job 28Mining Wisdom

Saturday, January 5, 2019

We often become preoccupied with finding or even possessing Wisdom.  We admire wise people.  We look for wise leaders.  We credit Wisdom with saving souls and revealing miracles.  Wisdom was present at creation and she will be with us in God’s infinite heaven.  Wisdom is precious.  Wisdom is practical.  Wisdom is patient.  Wisdom knows when to act.  Today we have a beautiful anthem to Wisdom . . . and where and how to find her.

Miners search for silver, gold, metal, copper and other precious elements in the deep darkness of the earth.  Where do we find Wisdom?  We find her in God.

Miners open shafts in a valley away from human habitation; they are forgotten by travelers . . . they sway suspended, remote from people.  How do we obtain Wisdom?  We turn to God.

They put their hand to flinty rock, and overturn mountains by the roots.  What do we do if we want to live in Wisdom?  We go to God.

They cut out channels in the rocks, and their eyes see every precious thing.  The sources of the rivers they probe; hidden things they bring to light.  The Holy Spirit brings us consolation and understanding.  The Spirit dwells within and quiets the mind and soul.

As for the earth, out of it comes bread; but underneath it is turned up as by fire.  Jesus brings us the Bread of Life.  He opens our hearts and mines and prepares us for our encounter with Wisdom

Gold and glass do not equal her . . . and so she is greater than these; yet we squander more energy searching for precious metals than we spend in seeking Wisdom.  She abides in hidden valleys and still we must seek her.  We cannot be turned away by the difficulties we meet in unearthing her.  And many spend all that we have in order to acquire her . . . because she is worth all that we have and all that we are.

A number of years ago we looked at the last portion of this chapter during Advent as we awaited the celebration of the Christ child’s entry into the world.  At that time we saw how Wisdom was linked with Understanding and this was our reflection . . .

From the December 17, 2007 NoontimeJob 28:20-28 . . .

The closing chapters of Job are full of so much that is deep, true and abiding.  Today’s verses are especially beautiful; they read like a litany.  If we are honest with ourselves, we know the fount of wisdom and understanding: God.  We are God’s harvesters and we need God’s great wisdom and profound understanding to do the work we have agreed to do.  Sometimes this work looms larger than life itself and it is in these times that we most need a joyful hope which bolsters us for our work.  The season of advent is full of the imagery needed for the work of our journey.  Last night’s MAGNIFICAT intercessions were particularly beautiful.

Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest:

You have sown the seeds of justice and love: raise a harvest of peace for all peoples.

            Let your face shed its light upon us

You have sown the seeds of mercy and compassion: raise a harvest of kindness on the earth.

            Let your face shed its light upon us!

You have sown seeds of life: raise a harvest of those redeemed for life in your kingdom.

            Let your face shed its light upon us!

Amen.


A re-post from January 5, 2012.

Images from: http://worshippingchristian.org/blog/?p=8056 and http://mudpreacher.org/2011/11/17/gods-wisdom-is-the-cross-1-cor-117-31/

Cameron, Peter John. “Prayer for the Evening.” MAGNIFICAT. 16.12 (2007): 217-218. Print.  

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Job 28: The Hope of God’s Wisdom

Monday, August 20, 2018

God says: You have asked me this question many times and I delight in your curiosity. It gladdens my heart when I hear you ask for clarity. I praise you for your persistence, courage, and desire for authenticity. Hear now the voice of my servant Job.

Job says: But where, oh where, will [mortals] find Wisdom?
    Where does Insight hide?
Mortals don’t have a clue,
    haven’t the slightest idea where to look.

God says: Job knows that the search for wisdom tempts some to lose hope, others to argue over meaning, and still others to divide the faithful. When your search finds you creating sides and assigning blame, think about the origin of your emotions. Do they come from fear or from compassion? A willfulness to control or a willingness to collaborate?

Job says: So where does Wisdom come from?
    And where does Insight live?
It can’t be found by looking, no matter
    how deep you dig, no matter how high you fly.
If you search through the graveyard and question the dead,
    they say, ‘We’ve only heard rumors of it.

God says: Listen to the words of Job. He suffered great physical pain yet remained in me. His friends and family offered well-meaning advice based on confusion, still he relied on me. Job’s search for understanding and wisdom bring him directly to me.

Job says: God alone knows the way to Wisdom,
    God knows the exact place to find it.

God asks: Are you willing to listen to the knowledge Job gains about the path to wisdom?

Job says: Here it is!
    Fear-of-the-Lord—that’s Wisdom,
    and Insight means shunning evil.

God says: Come to me when burdens weigh you down. Rely on me when anger and anxiety take hold of you. Remain in me when revenge and fear push and pull you in the way of foolishness. Always rely on me.

Job’s search is long and arduous. The wisdom he finds is precious and pure. The lesson he teaches us may be difficult to take in, but it is reliable, full, and positive. Let us step into the hope of God’s wisdom today.


Tomorrow, thirsting for wisdom. 

Image from: https://chartcons.com/100-deep-philosophical-questions-may-just-never-answer/ 

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