Vs. 1, “There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.” Bildad, Eliphaz and Zophar were certain they were giving Job advice as valuable as gold and silver. Even in Job’s time, human beings had already done a great many things, but they still could not understand God. Job gives us a picture of what extent we push ourselves to find such earthly treasures, yet we do not do the same with God.
Regarding application…Wisdom. Vs. 12, “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell.” Question: Where is wisdom? Just like having to dig for gold, wisdom is not something that can easily be found. Question: Where do we go looking for wisdom? We must dig deep into God’s living Word! The old minister Charles Spurgeon once said, ““Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as the knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” Remember the adage…Knowing is half the battle. Just because we may have important titles before or after our name, just because we have an impressive degree or resume doesn’t mean “Jack Squat” (hehehe)…Wisdom is something we must ask for just as Solomon asked for it.