All things reconciled
"and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:20).
Wisdom is knowing and relying on the fact that the Cross of Jesus absorbed all the evil and everything must turn out to be a blessing. The law of gravity says that whatever goes up MUST come down. The law of reconciliation says that all evil has been disarmed, and now must be a blessing, IF you believe.
Job chapter 28:12-22 indicates that true wisdom is really found in suffering. Job 28:12 says, "But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?" He goes on to state that it is not in the land of the living, not in the deep of the ocean, cannot be purchased for gold, silver, precious stones, crystal, jewelry, coral, quartz, rubies, topaz or even pure gold. It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds. Death and destruction however do have a testimony about wisdom. Job 28:22 says, "Destruction and Death say, We have heard a report about it with our ears."
Death said in affect, "Yes, Wisdom was here, but He did not stay long." The answer, I believe, indicates that when our flesh dies, when we are going through dark places of "death," then we can hear true wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 also supports this when it says, "When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom."
This is the script of life. We need to recognize where we are in it. It will make suffering more compatible. Yes, Jesus is returning to earth someday, but He will also return for you now, to turn your problem into a blessing. We also need to know that the path we are on is a path through the Valley of Shadow of Death. It is the path of taking up our cross. It always seems like we are loosing the battle, but wisdom knows that we are winning it because we are on His path!
Our enemies always get closest to us just before their defeat! "The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways" (Deuteronomy 28:7).
Larry Chkoreff March, 2001