From Barriers to Beauty

I’ve been looking at Job 28 for last couple of mornings.

There is something about these verses that resonate with me:

“The miner uses a flint tool
and turns up ore from the root of the mountains.
He cuts out channels in the rocks,
and his eyes spot every treasure.
He dams up the streams from flowing
so that he may bring to light what is hidden.

But where can wisdom be found,
and where is understanding located?
No one can know its value,
since it cannot be found in the land of the living….(9-13)

But God understands the way to wisdom,
and he knows its location.” (vs 23)

The hiddenness of wisdom

I think what draws me to this passage is that it reminds me of some of my favorite words in Proverbs 2

My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
listening closely to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (1-6)

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The miner digs and searches and looks. He pays incredible attention to the details. He is resourceful. He sets to work to remove barriers. He finds or creates ways through that which is hindering his ability to discover and connect with the treasure buried below the surface.

The miner doesn’t stop searching for treasure just because he is confronted with a barrier.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jer 29:13

The Lord, once again, is our example of going to extreme measure to find ways around and through the barriers…

“This is what the Lord says—
who makes a way in the sea,
and a path through raging water,
who brings out the chariot and horse,
the army and the mighty one together
(they lie down, they do not rise again;
they are extinguished, put out like a wick)—
“Do not remember the past events,
pay no attention to things of old.
Look, I am about to do something new;
even now it is coming. Do you not see it?
Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43: 16-19)

He creates channels through chaotic seas and paths through parched lands.

“Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus,
who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be exploited.
Instead he emptied himself
by assuming the form of a servant,
taking on the likeness of humanity.
And when he had come as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

We were separated
there was an obstacle standing between us and Him.
But Jesus found a way around and through. 

“Build it up, build it up, prepare the way,
remove every obstacle from my people’s way.”
 For the High and Exalted One,
who lives forever, whose name is holy, says this:
“I live in a high and holy place,
and with the oppressed and lowly of spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and revive the heart of the oppressed. (Is 57:14-15)

“I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ.  In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3

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