Job 28: 12-28

12 “But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13Man does not know its worth,
and it is not found in the land of the living.
14The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15It cannot be bought for gold,
and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
16It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
in precious onyx or sapphire.
17Gold and glass cannot equal it,
nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.
19The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
nor can it be valued in pure gold.

20“From where, then, does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?
21It is hidden from the eyes of all living
and concealed from the birds of the air.
22Abaddon and Death say,
‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

23“God understands the way to it,
and he knows its place.
24For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25When he gave to the wind its weight
and apportioned the waters by measure,
26when he made a decree for the rain
and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
27then he saw it and declared it;
he established it, and searched it out.
28And he said to man,’Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”

In hearing a sermon on “cynicism” yesterday, the preacher said that at the heart of cynicism is a mocking of God. in our hearts we say, “If I was my father, I wouldn’t be treating me this way.”

How did Job remain faithful?

Tim Keller says that you need wisdom when the rules of morality don’t apply; the paths to right and wrong are not clearly marked. In meditating on the splendor of God’s creation and the mystery of Christ’s sacrifice, I am reminded how small I am and how little I understand. And although this is mostly hard, I am ultimately thankful.

I loved this prayer:

LORD, you are God, and I am not. I choose to trust you even though every day I want to trust myself.

Amen.

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