Job 28 could just as easily have been penned by Solomon and placed in Proverbs. It is exceptional. Amid severe and prolonged suffering, Job looks for hidden wisdom. When suffering, we want to know a purpose for it, and we want to sense God. Yet suffering often dulls our ability to grasp wisdom and to sense God’s presence and His thoughts. Job says the earth is full of precious resources, yet wisdom eludes us while we suffer. Job sums up his experience and simply says when we suffer the best wisdom is to fear the Lord and to shun evil.