It is that time of year again when many families celebrate the graduation of one of their members. Our first daughter’s high school graduation was memorable for several reasons. The graduates of this European Christian school surprised their parents with a rose when leaving the stage. I was doing great keeping a check on my emotions until then! After that, the tears flowed. She was our first to leave the nest and move to the other side of the ocean.
But there was another reason why I remember this graduation from so long ago. The speaker repeated a phrase over and over; “If you want knowledge, go to college. If you want wisdom, go to God.” This simple but profound statement has stayed with me. In our verse for today Job poses the question as to where wisdom can be found. This beautiful poetic passage explores the different possibilities. Job concludes that only God understands the way to wisdom (verse 23). He ends the discussion with the often repeated truth, “the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.” (verse 28, Psalm 111:10, Prov. 1:7)
Both my husband and I come from families where higher education is a valued priority. But as impressive as four doctorates may sound, it all pales in comparison with God’s wisdom. To know how to choose well and live life with skill is not something learned in a university. It is learned from God. It is learned through intentional obedience to His commands and precepts. David understood that it is God who teaches wisdom (Psalm 51:6).
May I sit at Your feet and learn from You today, Lord. Make me obedient and wise.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post from 2014)