True Wisdom, Real Understanding

“God alone understands the way to wisdom;
he knows where it can be found,
for he looks throughout the whole earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
He decided how hard the winds should blow
and how much rain should fall.
He made the laws for the rain
and laid out a path for the lightning.
Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it.
He set it in place and examined it thoroughly.
And this is what he says to all humanity:
‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
to forsake evil is real understanding.’” ~ Job 28:23-28 New Living Translation (NLT)

An archaic definition of fear:
A mixed feeling of dread and reverence.
Proverbs comes close to the same statement
with “The fear of the LORD
is the beginning of knowledge,”
then blurts, “but fools despise
wisdom and instruction.”
Job should be ranting by this point
of his story,
a righteous man deprived
of all that had made a good life,
and yes, he has complained,
questioned why, but not
been critical of God.
He certainly was of his blame-casting “friends.”
No, he still is able to understand God’s wisdom,
Holding mixed feelings of dread and reverence
as to God, then ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom.”
Are we insightful enough to understand
That the fear of the Lord is true wisdom,
that to forsake evil is real understanding.
Do we have the faith of the father
who brought his “possessed” child to Jesus?
Lord, I believe. Help Thou my unbelief!


Job by Léon Bonnat, Public Domain