Q and A With Job

I’m up to Job in the yearly Bible read. (Side note, this is the first year I’m doing a 100% iPad read) and I was struck this morning by Jobs questioning of his misguided buddies with regard to the source of wisdom.

He says in 27:11 “I’ll learn y’all a thing or two.” (Little known fact: Job was a redneck)

He then goes on a bit of an extended discourse that centers around the source of wisdom. His central question is “what is the true source of wisdom?” (28:12 and again in 28:20) there is a mine for silver, copper, and iron, but where is the mine for wisdom? (28:1-2)

He answers his own question – and starts by saying that there is only one who knows its place – God.

“God understands the way to it, and he knows its place. (Job 28:23 ESV)

How true this is. How much time do we spend looking elsewhere for what can only be found in God?

The answer is to press into knowing more of God and reflecting Him in our lives. God can satisfy us in ways that nothing else can. Why? The answer is totally logical: that’s how he created us. I was reminded by Tozer this morning of the great quote by Augustine: “Thou hast formed us for thyself….and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in Thee.”

As Job makes his summary point and answer to the main question:

And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” (Job 28:28 ESV)

Looking to live a wise life? Looking for true and lasting satisfaction? Gods word tells us what to do: Consider God the utmost in our lives, submitting to Him in all areas, and moving away from sin. There is only one way to do this – the way He provided for us in Jesus.


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