JOB 28 IN THE BIBLE IS A LITERARY DELIGHT! “WHERE CAN WISDOM BE FOUND?”

In some respects I must be a visual learner or I just have a very vivid imagination! There are passages in God’s word that just trigger a kind of internal video camera in my brain and I can almost visualize in vivid color scenes described in Scripture! This morning during “coffee with the Lord” was one of those times… again! Job 28 is one of my all-time favorite passages in the Bible and every time I read it that video thing happens in my head! I picture a powerful video presentation that moves from one scene to another in this marvelous passage as a wonderful, deep, resonant voice of a capable interpretive reader narrates this passage. Awe com’on, read the passage for yourself and imagine that happening!! Some of you creative sorts with the tools of media that exist today could make this great passage just LIVE!!!

I don’t have enough space here to include the entire passage but I’ll give you the core truth of the passage…

Job catalogs the exploits of humanity – what people search for, accomplish and do. Then he asks, “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its worth and it is not found in the land of the living…” Job then imagines the various aspects of creation itself answering over and over again, “It is not with me… it can’t be gotten here, it’s value exceeds what I can offer for it!” And again the question is asked… “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? It is hidden from the eyes of all living and concealed from the birds of the air. Abaddon and death say, ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’ But God understands the way to it! He knows its place! … He saw it and declared it! He established it, and searched it out! He said to man, ‘Behold, the fear (or reverence) of the Lord, THAT is wisdom! And to turn away from evil is understanding!’” (from Job 28 ESV)

Oh what a passage!!! What a noble quest – to discover, to grasp, to embrace wisdom! Reverencing God – bowing before Him in humble worship and adoration is where our quest for wisdom should begin! That attitude not only opens the door to the discovery of wisdom … it is the ongoing attitude that causes all of life and eternity to become one grand revelation of an infinite God and all he has created!

My prayer? Here I am Lord, I love You, I worship You, I reverence you, I open myself up to you in a faith embrace … BLOW MY MIND!!! GIVE ME WISDOM!!!

(A repost from a former “Coffee with the Lord on a favorite passage)

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