Daily Insight October 2
“Is not wisdom found among the aged?
Does not long life bring understanding?” Job 12:12.
I liked a quotation by Anthony Douglas Williams, and it said, “Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.”
Job spoke to his friends, and he said, “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? The general anticipated answer is yes; both are found as people live longer and become advanced in age. We naturally expect wisdom among the aged. We also anticipate a long life would bring understanding. However, I came across aged, and those who lived long do not have both qualities. How could that be? How could a person live the whole life and advanced in age with diverse experiences not having both?
Job says in the very next verse (vs.13) this, “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” Now the picture is a little bit more complete. You see, the source of good wisdom, power, counsel, and understanding is none other God. Therefore the secret is those who are rightly connected to the source of wisdom, power, and understanding; they progresses in wisdom, power, and understanding. Those who are not connected to God does not have these wonderful qualities. Power comes to your mobile phone or laptop only because it is connected to the power outlet. The same way wisdom and understanding comes by your personal connection to God. Age or long life does not automatically grant these qualities period. This is why we do see aged and long-lived people lacking wisdom and understanding. It is pathetic, but it is true.
Verse 25 says God reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light. How could two people look into the issues and come up with two different conclusions? The reason is that God reveals the secrets to the person who has God and rightly connected to God. The person who does not have God in his or her life grope in darkness with no light; end up staggering like drunkards. (Job 12:25).
You see, proverbs 2:6 says, “For the LORD gives wisdom; out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. James 1:5 says, “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
It does not really matter what age you are. Wisdom and understanding begin with the Knowledge of God, His counsels, and plans. You know God, His counsels, and plans through the pages of the word of God – the Bible.
You also become wiser and more understanding by knowing Jesus personally. You can learn more about Jesus by reading the Gospels and the new testament. The Bible affirms, “for in Christ
the fullness of God lives in bodily form.” You know God by knowing Him in whom the fullness of God lives in bodily form. Kn Jesus Christ the fullness of God dwells in bodily form. God sent His one and only Son Jesus to save you from sins and mistakes and grant you forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus accomplished this for you by his death, burial, and resurrection for you and your sin.
Got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I want to get wisdom, power, and understanding. I learned you are the source of all these wonderful qualities. You also said I could ask for wisdom, and you will give generously when I ask without finding fault with me. I know in Jesus, the fullness of God lives in bodily form. By connecting with Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, I can be wiser and more understanding. I accept Jesus as my savior and Lord. Please forgive my sins and mistakes. Please save me and grant me eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”