This section of Job is beginning to wind down. Today we hear the final (and brief) closing arguments from Bildad, the last of Job’s 3 friends to speak. And then Job begins a 6 chapter speech which will be all we will hear from him until the final chapter 42. But, don’t worry there will be a new character introduced soon, as well as a thrilling climax ahead. The best is yet to come.
Today Job is not quite as bitter as we have seen him earlier this week. He has lost a bit of his accusatory sting toward God. I think we are seeing some progress through his stages of grief and he is getting closer and closer to acceptance and after that will come hope. He speaks eloquently of God’s greatness, while also still asking about God’s timeline in dealing with the wicked. He is showing his awe of God and trust in God, even while not understanding all God is and does. It is a great example for us. It is wise to remember that we don’t need to understand God, but we can still trust in Him. I know I sometimes have a difficult time understanding other created beings – some of whom I have spent a lot of time with and study regularly. If I don’t understand people who are “like me” – isn’t it a bit arrogant of myself to think that I ought to be able to understand the Almighty who is on a completely different playing field than even the most wise and competent human. If God and I don’t always see eye to eye – whose eyesight do you imagine needs some adjusting?
Speaking of wisdom, all of chapter 28 details the search for wisdom. It is more valuable, and sometimes harder to find, than the most costly material treasures. Can you think of any places you have searched for wisdom, and been disappointed when it came up lacking? At the end of the chapter we find the answers to the search for wisdom…
20 Where then does wisdom come from?
Where does understanding dwell?…
23 God understands the way to it
and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.”
Job 28:20, 23-28 (NIV)
It can sound so simple – but still be so challenging to live out in our daily lives, especially if we are in a season of suffering or loss. If you want wisdom – seek out God and give Him the honor and respect that is due Him, even when you are hurting. And if you want understanding – follow Him, do what is right and flee evil, even when it is hard.
It can help our eyesight immensely when we can say, “I am not God. You are. I will follow You.”
To read or listen to today’s passage check out https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+24-28&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s passage, as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan will be Job 29-31. The best of Job is yet to come. Jump in and read with us!