But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? …God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells.
True wisdom is only known through God’s revelation of Himself. Job painted a picture of the mining industry - finding silver, gold, and iron ore in the bowels of the earth - as representing the highest form of human technology in his day (28:1-11). Though human achievements are impressive one cannot find God that way. God must choose to reveal Himself, and then He must be embraced in faith.
The simplicity of this proclamation invites faith. We are not required to delve into deep philosophies, or to perform heroic feats, or to notch up impressive achievements. We are required to sit still long enough to hear and understand and to embrace God and His message in faith. Our faith need not be perfect - human faith never is - it must simply be enough to take the first step toward God, as He has shown us the way.
Someone asked me today why I thought Christ had the blind man of John 9 go and wash the mud off of his eyes in the pool of Siloam. Was there some symbolism attached to this, or an illustration of some deeper truth. John 9 is a passage that we can make more out of than we should. The theological background is that healing happens on the basis of God’s grace and comes to us through our faith. These two factors are consistent and are similar to the differences between the foundation of a building (grace) and the door through which I enter it (faith). I cannot come into God’s family or into salvation apart from faith, but my salvation does not rest upon my faith.
Having him go and wash in the pool was a concrete way that the blind man’s faith could be expressed, thereby helping him to believe. But there was also symbolism attached to the Pool of Siloam, as the wellspring of God. Jerusalem is a city founded on dry ground, without a navigable body of water. Its citizens drink of wells from beneath the earth, and this reality symbolized the movement of God’s Spirit in the lives of those who believe. God’s people have life and peace and wisdom from a Source to which the world in its unbelief does not have access. God’s Spirit is the hidden source of life for God’s people (see Isaiah 12:3; Jer 2:13; Eze 47:1-12; John 4:10-14; John 7:37-39).
And there is another reason: it shows the humility of Christ. He did not perform His miracles just to grandstand in front of the crowds. His first miracle, recorded in John 2, was in Cana of Galilee, an obscure place among common people, to meet a need that seemed rather insignificant - turning water to wine. But it was there that He began His miraculous signs, and it was then that His disciples put their trust in Him. Christ also did not want to be the first person that the blind man saw. Often in His healings He told people not to tell, and we can assume that Christ knew that the man would face some persecution just on the basis of being the recipient of the healing. Having him wash in the pool of Siloam downplayed the role of Christ in the healing, and distanced Him from the man and the miracle. It was consistent in the Gospels, especially seen in John, that Christ did not grandstand in His healings. He met needs and did not use them to call attention to Himself as a celebrity.
The wisdom of God is gentle, easy to be entreated, light, gracious, and kind. Faith opens the door. The question is whether or not we believe, and if we believe then He will begin the process of enlightening our hearts so that we might understand more and know Him better.