JOB 28:1-30:31 | 2 CORINTHIANS 2:12-17 | PSALM 42:1-11 | PROVERBS 22:7
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Job is on a roll. He has listened patiently to his friends rail him about his supposed malconduct to which they attribute the cause for his misfortune. But Job is asking them an important question and takes care to offer the answer himself. Here’s what he says:
20 Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
concealed even from the birds in the sky.
22 Destruction and Death say,
“Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
23 God understands the way to it
and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.”
And yet, Job’s suffering continues. He says:
27 The churning inside me never stops;
days of suffering confront me.
28 I go about blackened, but not by the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
29 I have become a brother of jackals,
a companion of owls.
30 My skin grows black and peels;
my body burns with fever.
31 My lyre is tuned to mourning,
and my pipe to the sound of wailing.
It is to be seen how and when Job’s plight might be changed.
Next, we turn to our reading in the second book of Corinthians, and Paul uses the lovely imagery of a pleasing aroma to liken the spreading of the gospel of Christ.
Paul says, 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
Turning now to our psalm for the day, we find yet another psalm which could very well have been written by Job as well. David, the psalmist, is speaking of his great distress in these verses:
1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
But David knows how to comfort himself, and says this:
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Finally, one verse from the book of Proverbs in which Solomon, the wise king of Israel, states a common fact:
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.