Gems 2015 — June 2 Scripture Selection: Job 28-30

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 2 Scripture Selection: Job 28-30

Food for Thought: Job 28:12, 28

Decisions will be made today for which we will need godly wisdom. Verse 28 gives us the answer for the Source of it as a great fountain to draw from as our starting point. Remarkably like some verses in the Proverbs, the Lord tells us, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.”

If we simply apply this verse to our lives, the Lord is faithful to direct us by His Spirit and give us His wisdom for every situation. “The fear of the Lord” is really our acknowledgement of His preeminence in our lives. No one and no thing can ever be placed in a position of more importance in our lives, for “He who comes from above is above all (John 3:31).” As we place Him above all else, many of our decisions will become clear.

Also to aide us in understanding is the Word’s admonition to depart from evil. When we determine to avoid anything that even bears the appearance of evil, anything that we can identify as contrary to the will of the Lord or is displeasing to Him (I Thes. 5:22), then our decisions become much easier to make. That really narrows it down in our relationships, business deals, entertainment, conversations, etc.

That is the kind of wisdom that eliminates the options not beneficial to us, keeps us out of trouble, and leads us to prosper in all our ways (Ps. 1:1-3). So as we consider the decisions that we will make today, let us start with these premises: First, the Lord and His will are our priorities in the matter. And second, we will not consider anything that bears even a trace of evil or anything displeasing to Him. If in doubt about either of these in a particular situation, we can remember that the Lord promises to give us wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5), and that His Word is there for us to consult regarding His will (Ps. 119:105). Putting into practice these things will always yield “the wisdom that is from above” that “is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy (James 3:17).”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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