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I would be lying if I said I wasn’t starting to “skim”. Just keeping it real.
So here I am, reading my Bible…why? Because I want wisdom, and I am skimming?? (Oh the humanity! I am worse than Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar)
Wisdom? What is it? My research books are scattered on my desk, so I decided to look it up. Here are some:
Wisdom: the ability to make good use of knowledge. (NIV)
Wisdom: knowledge, understanding, applying knowledge and insights to life situations. (Henrietta Mears) God-given ability, rather than human common sense.
Wisdom: using facts I know and truths I understand to make right decisions in my daily life. (Children’s Bible)
Very Interesting. Some words that stood out to me…Use, applying, God-given, using, decisions, and daily life. Many of us have people in our lives that are so smart, know the Bible, extremely educated, but are they wise? or just knowledgeable?
Job 28:20 says “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? then in vs 28 it say “The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (I now see the connection of the “application use”)
Back to the Dictionary: Fear of the Lord? It says ”profound reverence and awe toward God, or to think of God with awe and wonder because I understand His great power. The Hebrew word (Strongs Concodanance) used originally in Scripture was yir’ah, which is a noun..meaning A RESPECT.
If you think you can get this Wisdom from anything we can do, think again Romans 3:22 says “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”.
So it is our faith that allows God to take our knowledge and transform it into wisdom for use and application in our everyday life.
Go back to the first Chapter and the conversation between God and Satan. How does God describe Job
“8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” The original words in Hebrew for blameless and upright are Tam (meaning good moral sense, the same word later to describe Jacob) and yashar (meaning straight or level).
God never said he was sinless. God said he is Wise.