Learning From Job

It figures that in the midst of a pandemic my Bible reading journey has in knee-deep in the Old Testament book of Job. I’ll admit, not one of my favorite books. There’s a lot of whining and annoying friends offering bad advice. It’s like an ancient version of a current Teen Moms episode, minus the pregnancies.

But in the plodding through the lengthy discourses of Job, a certain verse stood out to me, knocked me in the head, and shook me from head to toe. Job says it as he talking about what wisdom is.

“And he (God) said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord- that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28, NIV)

We keep talking about what we’re learning in the present crisis that has been overwhelming. How are we becoming wiser as day clicks over to the next day? Better yet, what does the Creator of the Universe desire for us to learn as we face hurdles and new predicaments?

Before we traverse to the complex side of the problem, maybe we need to take a moment and consider the simple elements. It’s kinda’ like a cook looking to create a dinner of Lobster Arrabiata. Before jumping to that fine cuisine dish maybe he needs to learn to boil the water first!

Maybe we need to consider what it is to fear the Lord first as we seek to be wise. Maybe we need to consider what being reverent in our relationship with the Almighty entails. Maybe getting a good handle of who we are and who God is, and the unbelievable awesomeness of the truth of His love for us would be a “boiling the water” step to take!

After all, Job was dealing with a personal pandemic, losing his kids, his herds, his wealth, and, most of all, the respect the community had for him. In the midst of his nightmare,

lightning and tornado hitting village

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he discovered somethings about himself and about the God he worshipped. The last chapter of Job is a rainbow of hope for the conclusion of his ordeal.

Fearing the Lord and shunning evil…a simple path toward being a wiser world.

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