11/17/2020— Job 27-28
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Job 28:28 And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”
How does Job’s statement in 28:28 compare to Proverbs 1:7. What similarities and differences do you see?
In Chapter 27, Job is responding to his friend’s claim that it is because he has sinned in some way that all these bad things are happening to him. However, Job is convinced that he did not sin and in chapter 27 he says he will never admit that his friends are right (see verse 27:5). At first, I thought Job was acting stubborn and dogmatic. But there are some good reasons Job was so confident that he did not sin.
First, he worked extremely hard to make sure his conscience stayed clean before the Lord. In verse 6, Job says that he will never let go of his innocence, and his conscience will not reproach him. This shows how Job would stay away from evil and he would let his godly conscience guide him. James 4:17 says that “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” Job knew that his heart had no guilt or shame before God. He was so sure of this that no other person in the world could judge his own heart.
The second reason Job was so confident that he did not sin was that he knew God’s Word (he had the perfect wisdom of God) so he would have known if he sinned. Job did not just have a sincere heart; he also had a lot of knowledge of what pleases God and what is the perfect wisdom. Job knew that fearing God is wisdom and shunning evil is understanding. Therefore, because he feared God, and had wisdom, he would have known if he sinned or not.
What does it mean to be like Job today? Our hearts should always be repenting before him. We need to keep a clean conscience. We also should read and study the Bible so we clearly know what pleases God, what God hates, and how to fear him in a biblical way. If only we understand what sin is, then we can know how to shun away from evil as Job did.
Lord, your word says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. You alone God are worthy of my reverence and my holy fear. Please forgive me for all of my apathy in obeying your commands. I want to be a man of conviction like Job is. Will you please teach me to fear you as Job did. Please teach me to keep myself from evil. I want heavenly wisdom to glorify you all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!