Dr. Gerald Miller – “A Psalm of Wisdom”

February 18, 2014

“Where then does wisdom come from?  Where does understanding dwell?  It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky.  Destruction and Death say, ‘Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.’ 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. 

When He established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when He made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then 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

Much like the Wisdom Psalms of the Psalter, this exquisite poem extols God as the source of all Wisdom.  The first nineteen verses survey various aspects of the creation: the earth, the animals, even its gold and precious jewels.  Nothing in the entire universe can compare in knowledge and value with the One who understands it all.  God alone created the world exactly the way He intended.  He set the parameters and ordained how it functions. 

We humans may not always understand why certain things happen in the world and in our lives.  But God in His wisdom has made possible the greatest opportunity for spontaneous interaction and the kind of relational love that is based upon volition.  God desires for us to want to fellowship with Him and to bond in meaningful relationships.  This is the only kind of world where such relationships can flourish. Job would eventually comprehend what God had in mind and worship Him solely because He is God.

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Dr. Gene Miller, Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophy

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