“Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing…God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens…he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. And he said to the human race, “THE FEAR OF THE LORD–THAT IS WISDOM, and TO SHUN EVIL IS UNDERSTANDING.” (Job 28:20-28) [Wisdom is the fear of the Lord, why? As we look at the history of man throughout the bible we see times of great reverence and strong desires to be obedient to God with tremendous and miraculous blessings from the Lord God Almighty! Then, time and time again man turns away from God and worships idols and practices evil. No more fear of the Lord, WISDOM IS GONE! So, God stops blessing and protecting his people and they go into captivity. That’s why God said this about Job:] “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; HE FEARED GOD AND SHUNNED EVIL.” (Job 1:1) [In the midst of Job’s trial, his “friends” making all kinds of accusations against him, Job said:] “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter, as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, MY LIPS WILL NOT SAY ANYTHING WICKED, and my tongue will not utter lies…I WILL MAINTAIN MY INNOCENCE and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.” (Job 27:2-6) [Job was going through a great trial of his faith and all the while maintaining his integrity!] “After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because YOU HAVE NOT SPOKEN THE TRUTH ABOUT ME, AS MY SERVANT JOB HAS. So now…go to my servant Job and…MY SERVANT JOB WILL PRAY FOR YOU, AND I WILL ACCEPT HIS PRAYER and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job as.” (Job 42:7-8) [Lord, help us to day to recognize your awesomeness with great respect and help us to reject evil!] “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him TWICE AS MUCH as he had before.” (Job 42:10)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that OUR LIPS WILL NOT SAY ANYTHING WICKED, AND OUR TONGUES WILL NOT UTTER LIES! HELP US TO MAINTAIN OUR INNOCENCE AND NEVER LET GO OF IT!