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Job 27-28


A Devotional Journey 
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson  
Thru the Bible in a Year
            This is the concluding section of a series of back-and-forth discussions between Job and his friends which began in chapter 3, and includes the three sets of speeches from Job and each of his friends (chapters 4-14; 15-21; 22-26).
            In job’s closing speech of round 3 (chapter 27), he reasserts his own innocence and dramatically describes the punishment of the wicked.
            In chapter 28, a poem is inserted into the dialogue which addresses the question:  “Where is wisdom to be found?”  The answer is not in the depths of the earth where so many other precious things lie, nor in the depths of the sea.  Wisdom is not for sale at any price, and can only be revealed by God and can only be grasped by those who give God His rightful place in their lives and their perspectives of reality.
            A transition occurs in these chapters.  Job and his friends have been arguing his guilt, innocence, fair and unfair treatment by God.  In the end, neither Job nor his opponents have prevailed in a clear and comprehensible way.  So the question is asked:  if this debate is not the source of the necessary wisdom, what is?  In chapters 38-42, God will make clear that He and He alone is the Source of all wisdom and knowledge, and, in fact, the only One who can comprehend it.  That conclusion is anticipated here.
            Do you ever seek to figure things out by yourself?  Do you ever ask “Why”  something occurs without arriving at any conclusion or become convinced something is unfair; yet discover you are incapable to explaining that to other people who are watching?  Our feelings and our minds do not always work in perfect harmony together, so where do we turn for help at points of uncertainty, doubt or confusion?
            We know the answer:  we must turn to God. If so, why do we not do so more quickly, consistently and willingly?  Perhaps because our drive to be independent and in control of our own lives comes into play.  Yet when we are not independent or in control (in matters of health or other people’s response, for instance), why do we have so much trouble turning, listening , and responding to God?
            Today, make up your mind that at the first hint of uncertainty, you are going to ask God’s directions and move through the rest of the day conscious that He is able to guide our lives.  Then look for ways to respond positively to anything which comes occurs, trusting that in the end (as in the case of Job), God will prevail in a positive way.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010