Daily D – Job 28:28
Job 28:28 And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.”
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Jn 17:20–23.
‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
to forsake evil is real understanding.’”
(New Living Translation)
What is the “fear of the Lord”? It is loving reverence for God. It is attentive reverence to what he says. It is obedient reverence for what he asks and commands. It leads to walking in his ways (Deuteronomy 8:6). It leads to serving others by serving him (Joshua 24:14).
The fear of the Lord is wholehearted devotion (2 Chronicles 19:9). It is separating from evil (Proverbs 3:7, 8). It is reverence greater than all our fear (Psalm 112). It is reverence reminding us of the truth that God knows all, sees all, is the judge of all, who knows all about us and loves us anyway (Matthew 10:26-31).
True wisdom is reverence for who God is. True wisdom is understanding God is God, and we are not.
True wisdom is more than a course of study, it is a life to live (Matthew 7:21-29). The mine where wisdom is found and acquired is Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:24 and Colossians 2:3).
This is a good day to gain and to deploy wisdom. Live reverently. Know the will and ways of Jesus. Hear what he says. Do as he instructs.
I will search reverently for wisdom by knowing and experiencing Jesus through his Word and by his leading.
Our Father, please give me wisdom to fit me for all that lies before me today and all the days for the rest of my life. I need your clear direction. I want to hear you clearly and to obey you immediately. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.