“He said to mankind, ‘The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom. And to turn from evil is understanding.’” (Job 35:28)
The question in Job’s mind was: Where does wisdom come from? Where is understanding, and how can people find it?
Job thought of a miner and the work a miner would do to find silver, gold, iron, copper, sapphire, and other treasures. Given the details of Job’s description of the work of mining, we might wonder if he had done some mining himself at one time in his life.
Then comes his question: But what about wisdom? How can someone get wisdom? Is it like a mining operation where you search and dig and explore until ultimately you find what you’re looking for? Does this wisdom thing have a location, or an address? Can you find it on a map?
Job concluded that wisdom and understanding are nothing at all like this. You cannot mine for it. You cannot reach out your hand and take hold of it. Wisdom and understanding come only from one source. Wisdom is produced only when people fear the Lord. And understanding is found only when people turn from evil. When people open their eyes spiritually and catch a vision of how awesome and holy God is, and when they respond by turning away from the destructiveness of sin, wisdom and understanding are then given birth in their hearts.