Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Need Wisdom and Understanding?

O. T. #1152 "Need Wisdom and Understanding?"
Feb. 12, 2018
Job 28
And to man He said, "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:28


We previously learned about the first three of five priorities in Job's life, according to Swindoll:
  1. Thinking God's thoughts is the highest goal.
  2. Walking in integrity is the only way to live.
  3. Wrong will occur but it will not ultimately triumph.
In this chapter, the remaining two are:
      4. Seeking wisdom through human effort is a waste of time. You can dig the earth, probe outer
          space, even study nature, nor get the highest education, but wisdom will not be found in all  
What is wisdom? It is looking at life from God's point of view. Viewing a situation as God sees it. If we think God's thoughts, we can interpret current events as God would.
Understanding is responding to life's struggles and challenges as God would have us respond. We do not compromise our integrity. We don't respond by human impulses, nor in a way that is politically correct.

Are we seeking God's wisdom and understanding today?


Where is wisdom and understanding found? According to Job, they are found  in the fear of God. (verse 28)
We have an awesome respect for God accompanied by a personal hatred for sin. (Swindoll)

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 9:10, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Job's fifth priority is:
      5. Cultivating a healthy and holy fear of the Lord gives us wisdom and understanding.
The greater the suffering, the better we determine what really matters. Suffering helps us clarify our priorities and focus on the right objectives.

Are we in need of some wisdom and understanding? Seek the Lord Jesus for answers. Stay close to Him, even in the midst of trials and suffering. Surrender to His will for His glory.


Surrender today.
How does God see this?
How can I best respond so I am pleasing to Him?

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