Daily D – Job 28:20
Job 28:20 “But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?” (NLT)
Job 28:23 “God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found,” (NLT)
Job 28:28 “And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’” (NLT)
Deep reverence is true wisdom. Forsaking evil is real understanding. As bottom lines go, these parallel thoughts are truer than true.
Today, wise men and women will prove these truths in prudent living.
Today, those who esteem themselves smarter than God will seek exceptions to these rules. Hopefully, they will discover as soon as possible how delusional it is to continue trying to prove God wrong.
Reverent awe shifts our perspectives. Instead of looking within or looking around for the ever-elusive who knows what, we look instead at what God has done and what God has said.
How amazing is it when time-bound creatures made of dust and who are destined to return to dust lecture other dusty creatures about how they did not come from dust and are not returning to dust and how they can be whatever they want to be?
How intellectually dishonest is it when people who spend a third of their lives asleep and regular intervals during their waking hours in rooms full of porcelain fixtures that they dare tell others there is a better way than God’s way?
How wise it is instead when we realize
1. I don’t know it all.
2. I can’t know it all.
3. It’s not all worth knowing.
4. The most important knowledge is knowing and experiencing God who does know it all and who knows our best next steps in all circumstances at all times now and forever.
These are simple, powerful truths.
These simple, powerful truths set us free to focus on what matters most. Focus expands. Goodness multiplies. Grace amplifies. Kindness maximizes.
I will devote myself to God’s simple, powerful truths.
Our Father, all truth is your truth. It finds its origin in you. You amply supply all the truth we need. Our best lives are shaped by alignment with your truth. Empower us today to tell ourselves the truth, to seek for more of your truth, and to live in the richness your truth provides. Amen.
I enjoy discovering new tools that help me better know and experience God. An acquaintance of mine recently shared a resource I have come to treasure. Lectio 365 is an app with Bible readings and prayers helping us prepare for the day morning by morning, and prepare for sleep evening by evening. You can find out everything you want to know about the app, the spiritual practices, and the people them at this web address: https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365/
The British accents and soothing music enhance the listenability. The simple instructions on how to relax in God’s presence are helpful.
Give it a shot. Try out some of the 24-7 Prayer group’s other resources.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”