Like Job, we live in a world where injustice often appears to go unpunished. It’s impossible to ignore the stories in the news of violence in our neighborhoods and cities, or to ignore the human suffering caused by wars engulfing entire regions of the world.
In my own city, my heart breaks for the plight of the homeless sitting aimlessly on park benches, or living in cardboard boxes sheltering them from the winter’s cold.
In contrast, others amass billions in personal wealth and spend it on lavish living, while their employees struggle to feed their families. I weep for the mothers of children shot to death in their classrooms and for the families of children held hostage as sex slaves.
We live in a fallen world where the prince of this world, Satan, continues to wreak havoc in this world. So, if you proclaim that this world is your home, your life may be void of God and His wisdom and insight.
Wisdom and insight from God is our salvation in each of these matters of our world around us.
Job reminds us, “”Where will they find Wisdom? Where does Insight hide?..So where does Wisdom come from? And where does Insight live?..God alone knows the way to Wisdom…Fear-of-the-Lord–that’s Wisdom (see Job 28:12-28 MSG). His ways are not my ways and it’s a mistake to expect to understand everything that happens to us and around us. More than that, it may reflect a lack of wisdom and insight.
How might we grow in wisdom?
James reminds us to ask for wisdom when we lack, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5 ESV). And then, how do we know wisdom is from God? “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle. open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17 ESV).
- Ask for wisdom
- Seek the Lord and His Word
- Expect to grow in wisdom and insight as you ask and seek Jesus
Jesus in Me: Lord, I ask for the wisdom that comes from you, a pure insight and understanding of love and peace, reasoning abilities, to understand your mercy and the fruit of wisdom. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Today’s Tasting: Job 24-28
Job laments to his friends about violence and injustice on the earth. The wicked plunder the poor and prosper, and their evil acts appear to go unpunished.
However, God sees all. Job declares to his friends that God’s power and wisdom are beyond human understanding, “Where will they find Wisdom? Where does Insight hide?..So where does Wisdom come from? And where does Insight live?..God alone knows the way to Wisdom…Fear-of-the-Lord–that’s Wisdom (see Job 28:12-28 MSG).
Tomorrow’s Delight: Job 29-31
Joanne Creary, MACP
Founder of Well Woman Coaching LLC