Good Morning Friend! It’s early this morning and still dark as I write this from my office at home where I am taking some time for reading my bible and prayer before going about my day. As I sat down to begin, my eyes fell on some notes that I had taken from a recent sermon by Pastor Josh Gard, at Beaver (Oregon) Community Church. (Listen to his sermon here) He has been going through the book of Job with his congregation. I know, I know… you may be thinking, “Job”- really? Or you might be asking, “Who would want to go through the book of Job in an in-depth way and what can we learn from it, besides depressing ourselves as we contemplate the possibility of having combined disasters happen in our own lives in the same way that Job did?”

It turns out that there are multiple non-depressive things to learn from this book! This particular sermon was entitled “True Wisdom”, which is what caused me to want to share some of the truths gleaned from it here on The Life Warrior today. In chapter 28 of the book of Job, the author begins by pointing out that humans are daring and creative in their pursuit of wealth. Yet despite human’s prowess at seeking and obtaining wealth, they are not the originator and giver of true wisdom.

“But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?” Job 28:12

The author goes on to point wisdom out that true treasure or wealth is the wisdom that comes from God.

“God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found” Job 28:23.

Job 28:28 then lets the reader know that true wisdom from God is defined by two things:

  1. Fear of the Lord (giving the Lord our reverence, awe and obedience)
  2. Turning away from evil

Pastor Josh then went on to ask rhetorically if this wisdom was for us today? He pointed out that wisdom is a theme throughout the entire bible. “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.” Proverbs 9:10 and Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God (wisdom…) and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.” were two of the verses he pointed out and of course, we have cited Proverbs 9:10 in the past through our study of the book of Proverbs.

The next question he had us ask ourselves was “What does fear of the Lord look like as part of a godly life”? Here are a few of the things he pointed out from the book of Job that we can include in our lives today:

Job 29:11-17: Mercy, grace and impartial justice

Job 31:1: Sexual purity of mind and body

Job 31:13-14: Humility and justice

Job 31:16: Help for the needy

Job 31:24: Rejection of greed and idolatry

Job 31:29: Love for people (but not their approval)

He concluded by encouraging those listening to glorify God earnestly by loving the people who are put in our paths today and by living a holy life. True wisdom is that which puts into practice the truths learned throughout the bible! I know that I am motivated and encouraged today through reviewing this sermon to earnestly do so!  I hope that you are as well…

My Response Today:  Heavenly Father, thank you for this motivation and encouragement to seek true wisdom through giving you my reverence, awe and obedience today.  Let me glorify you through loving people and through putting into practice the wise truths learned from your word.