” He decided how hard the winds should blow and how much rain should fall. He made the laws for the rain and laid out a path for the lightning. Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it. He set it in place and examined it thoroughly. And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’ “ Job 28:25-28
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. This is stated repeatedly throughout the Bible, but my understanding of it deepens here, in Job’s context.
I believe he’s saying, when you begin to understand God’s place, you begin to understand yours. The word fear here means heavily revere.
Is Job starting to understand his place with God? Is he feeling less entitled to an explanation for his suffering? Maybe. Either way, he is staying engaged in the process. He hasn’t given up on seeking after God or unpacking what has happened to him.
Evaluate your understanding of God, his power and his sovereignty. If this book has taught me anything, it’s that I am upside down about what God owes me.
What do you think God owes you?