每日诗歌: God will make a way (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zo3fJYtS-o)
约伯的思想富有逻辑。他开始于一个很好的比喻 - 矿，里面含有各种矿物。 “银子有矿，炼金有方。铁从地里挖出，铜从石中熔化。”（28:1-2）。所有这些东西，就像智慧，是人的眼睛看不见的。你不知道它藏于何处，人们极尽所能去寻找它（28:3）。但它却与人远离，悬在空中摇来摇去（28:4）。我们都希望我们可以找到智慧的妙方，但它似乎总是遥不可及。智慧的确是隐藏的。
Job 26 [Read]
Job 27 [Read]
Job 28 [Read]
Acts 11 [Read]
Job 28 talks about wisdom. After passionately arguing with his friends and defending himself, Job was approaching the end of his speech (31:40). It’s rather appropriate for him to speak about wisdom now, which he desperately needed to understand what he was experiencing.
Job’s thoughts were logical. He started with an excellent analogy – mine, all kinds of it. “There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined. Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore” (28:1-2). All these things, like wisdom, were hidden from man’s eyes. You can’t tell where it’s hidden, and people are trying everything they can to find it (28:3). But it is far from men like dangling and swaying in the air (28:4). We all wish we can find the magic formula for wisdom, but it seems to be always out of reach. Wisdom is indeed hidden.
Wisdom is also precious, more precious than sapphires and onyx (28:16). “Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold” (28:17), and “coral and jasper are not worthy of mention” (28:18). Even though its source is hidden from man, its value is not. Everyone knows how precious it is, for its presence in human brings awe and envy. Wisdom is not only hidden, it’s hidden and precious.
Where can we find wisdom then? “God understands the way to it, and he alone knows where it dwells” (28:23). The reason is obvious, for only he “views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens” (28:24). God is omniscient and omnipresent, and only he can look at wisdom and appraise it, confirm it, and test it (28:27). Only through God we may find wisdom. Therefore, we may say that the precious wisdom is hidden in God.
Job’s conclusion is surprisingly simple. “The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (28:28). Wisdom can never be some intellectual debate or academic pursuit. It has to be instilled deeply in our heart through fearing the Lord, and it has to be acted out vigilantly in our daily life through shunning the evil. It sounds simple, but it’s never easy. Do we see it as clearly as Job did? Maybe his suffering does have the purifying effect, and “blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt 5:8). Amen!
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