“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (v12). Job described the way humans had figured out how to mine deep underground for precious things like gold, silver, iron, copper, and gems. Yet on their own, people could never find the most precious thing: wisdom, which ancients believed included knowledge, moral discernment, and the ability to bring order from chaos. “God understands the way to it, and He knows its place” (v23).
“The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding” (v28). When we try to control our own lives, we end up lost and trapped in sin. But God offers us the way of wisdom.