Seeking Precious Metals and Wisdom 

What do you know about mining for silver, gold, iron, copper, sapphire?

In Job 28, verses 1-11, Job describes the huge effort man takes to mine for precious metals.

And Job is probably the oldest book in the Bible!

“Man…searches out to the farthest limit…”
“searches…in gloom and deep darkness…”
“Man puts his hand to the flinty rock…”
“He overturns mountains…”
“He cuts out channels…”


Job goes on in verses 12-22 with great poetry and vivid word pictures to describe man’s desperate yet futile quest for wisdom.

Man has been given great creativity and capability by God to do wondrous, ingenious things. When you consider the technology of mining, it is quite amazing. Who would have thought to dig holes deep into the earth to extract minuscule rare stones? Yet man somehow discovered and created ways to find precious metals in hidden places.

But when he tries to find wisdom it’s often a total disaster: emptiness, futility, illusive.

Desperation finds relief in verses 23-28: “God understands the way to it... He knows its place.”

Then the resounding conclusion; “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding."

Ralph V Harvey