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Job's Word on Wisdom

In the 28th chapter of the book of Job, we can read what Job has to say about wisdom. I find it very encouraging that even in the midst of such terrible circumstances, Job was able to retain his proper view of God and share that proper view with others. WOW! I mean, how often do I wake up on the wrong side of the bed and for the rest of the day, everyone around me gets to experience my bad mood first hand? And here we have Job, enduring more grief than I can begin to comprehend - and he's teaching his not-such-wise friends about God's true and unchanging character. I read Job's words, look in the mirror, and humbly ask the Lord to create in me a heart that loves Him as Job loved Him.

Here are a couple of verses from the book of Job, New Living Translation:

Job 28:12 - "But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?"

Job 28:15-17 - "It cannot be bought for gold or silver. Its value is greater than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx stone or sapphires. Wisdom is far more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold."

Job 28:20 - "But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?"

Job 28:28 - "And this is what he says to all humanity; 'The fear of the LORD is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.' "

Job was truly a wise and God-fearing man, wasn't he? We see him drawing the listener in as he speaks of wisdom's great value and repeatedly asks where people can find wisdom and understanding. He ends the chapter by quoting God Himself - if we have ears to hear we can "hear" God telling us that "The fear of the LORD is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding."

I am going to take God at His Word today, and choose to heed Job's wise words. This day I choose to serve the Lord, to fear Him and revere Him in all His holiness, and seek His guidance as I homeschool my children.

Lord bless your homeschool day as you seek wisdom and understanding

Day 89 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. Thanks for your timely encouraging post!

  2. How ironic, Jan -- as you would consider yourself on the "wrong side of the bed" or in a bad mood -- I wholeheartedly have thought many times "wow, Tony & Jan are like Job" -- you are both so patient (or from an outside seem to be) and constantly praying & seeking wisdom to find what God would have you to do in a situation, etc. Yes I feel when you are worried, stressed, or tired -- but that's because you are HUMAN and you have had a lot thrown at you in the last year or more even! To the rest of us on the outside, you are a Job -- and such an encouragement to me! I don't know how you do all you do and still have the energy to smile and laugh -- but you're so awesome!! :)


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