The Way of Wisdom

I hope I am a wiseman!

Proverbs 9:8–10 (ESV)

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

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My Help and My Deliverer

The last few days, I noticed I am going through some self pity, thus the verses I choose are a reflection of that – as well as my hope to be born out of this.  I struggle between my desire to golify God and God’s own way of doing it – I yet t understand it, but I have not choice, like Job, but to endure it knowing God got my back regardless.

PSALM 40

Psalm 40:1–3 (ESV)

I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

and put their trust in the Lord.

Psalm 40:10 (ESV)

10  I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

from the great congregation.

Psalm 40:12–14 (ESV)

12  For evils have encompassed me

beyond number;

my iniquities have overtaken me,

and I cannot see;

they are more than the hairs of my head;

my heart fails me.

13  Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!

O Lord, make haste to help me!

14  Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether

who seek to snatch away my life;

let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

who delight in my hurt!

Psalm 40:17 (ESV)

17  As for me, I am poor and needy,

but the Lord takes thought for me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

do not delay, O my God!

What is the Measure of My Days

The verses I picked to day do reflect some of the emotions I am experiencing.    I feel as though for almost 10 years now, I have lived a very unfulfilling life and sometimes, I wonder what value I carry not just to God, but to those around me.  If I cannot even take care of myself, how can I take care of anything else?

Verse 10, sometimes I feel as though God is there and keeping me down, I know he loves me and is “developing” me, but I wish, as in verse 13, he’d look away so maybe I could have that breath of fresh air before I take my last one definitive breath.

I struggle between God’s want for me and the one I believe God should want for me, this helps express it.

Psalm 39

Psalm 39:4–5 (ESV)

“O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!

Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

 

Psalm 39:10 (ESV)

10  Remove your stroke from me;

I am spent by the hostility of your hand.

 

Psalm 39:13 (ESV)

13  Look away from me, that I may smile again,

before I depart and am no more!”

 

Restored

After the relentless crushing words from God to how could Job ever think of questioning Him, God, when it was clear God is the supreme being, the make of all thinks, all animals, the thinking we have, the thoughts – where does wisdom come from!

There are to amazing parts to this last chapter.  The first is God spoke to Job’s friends and told them why he was upset with them; however, God made it clear if they repent, he will not hold their bad advice against them; however, one caveat, Job needs to pray for them.  As far as we know, God and Job did not have a conversation about this; however, it would be easy for God to put forgiveness into Job’s heart; however, I don’t believe God had too.  Based on what God said about Job in the beginning, Job is an understanding servant of God.  Thus, Job prayed for them and God accepted it and this is when and only when God was willing to restore Job’s life – double.

Job 42:1–6 (ESV)

Job’s Confession and Repentance

42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:7–9 (ESV)

The Lord Rebukes Job’s Friends

After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

Job 42:10 (ESV)

The Lord Restores Job’s Fortunes

10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Job 42:12 (ESV)

12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.

Job 42:16–17 (ESV)

16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days.

 

Job Promises Silence

God seems to be letting Job know or ask Job, can you do these things, I have done.  If so, then you can take my place.  But it was I, God who create the animals of the earth .

Job 40 (ESV)

40 And the Lord said to Job:
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?|He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Job Promises Silence

Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further.”

The Lord Challenges Job

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

“Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
Will you even put me in the wrong?
Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
14  Then will I also acknowledge to you
that your own right hand can save you.
15  “Behold, Behemoth,
which I made as I made you;
he eats grass like an ox.
19  “He is the first of the works of God;
let him who made him bring near his sword!
20  For the mountains yield food for him
where all the wild beasts play.
23  Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened;
he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.
24  Can one take him by his eyes,
or pierce his nose with a snare?

Where does Wisdom Come From?

Job 39 has not title, so sub title, it seemed like it was just a continuation of chapter 38.  But, chapter 38 was about how God had control over the earthly things, like the clouds, rain, sea, lightening and of course more.  Chapter 39 seems to be a description of how does the animals of the earth have their knowledge and understanding.  Look at the verses Jo 39:22-23, these are descriptions of a war horse, how the war hourse stans strong.  I love how God describes th Ostrich – and the lack of good mothering it seems to have, it does not have wisom and understanding – lie we do.


Job 39

Job 39:13–17 (ESV)

13  “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,

but are they the pinions and plumage of love?

14  For she leaves her eggs to the earth

and lets them be warmed on the ground,

15  forgetting that a foot may crush them

and that the wild beast may trample them.

16  She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;

though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,

17  because God has made her forget wisdom

and given her no share in understanding.

Job 39:22–23 (ESV)

22  He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;

he does not turn back from the sword.

23  Upon him rattle the quiver,

the flashing spear, and the javelin.

Job 39:26 (ESV)

26  “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars

and spreads his wings toward the south?

Job 39:27 (ESV)

27  Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up

and makes his nest on high?

The Lord Answers Job

I did not have as much to write down in the following 4 chapters as possibly in previous chapters.  I am not sure if the learning about Job being poetry or not has effected how I read Job, regardless, I have enjoyed reading the chapters even ore since I learned this.  I made sure I read sentence to sentence.  I also noticed there were extra spacing between topics.  I now stop at the end of each sentence and each section and make sure I relate what I am reading to the topic of the section.

These last 4 chapters were the most fun to read.  I am planning on rereading Job again to see if my new insight carries over and I can personally have a deeper appreciation and understanding of what is written in this great piece of literature and poetry.

Job 38:1–5 (ESV)

The Lord Answers Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?

Job 38:12–13 (ESV)

12  “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13  that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?

Job 38:18 (ESV)

18  Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.

Job 38:28–30 (ESV)

28  “Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29  From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30  The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.

Job 38:33 (ESV)

33  Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?

Job 38:35 (ESV)

35  Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?