Wisdom and understanding

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
    but always continue in the fear of the Lord.
 Surely there is a future,
    and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:17-18

I love the way Job phrases the elements of the universe all seeking wisdom and it cannot be found.  Then he slips in God, the God of the universe, who knows what, where, how, when and why. What Job makes pretty clear is that the conduct of fearing God and running away from evil all lead to a more infinitely preferable, more prudent and secure life when we look and take in the future we are about to experience once we pass through this life.  Regardless of that – a wise person will enjoy their life in this world with complete happiness too, but it is the life we spend in eternity that stands on its own, there is no rival to it, and therein lies all of our hopes and I dare say, all of our pretensions.

“Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding?  It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the air. Abaddon and Death say, “We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’  “God understands the way to it, and he knows its place.  For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. When he gave to the wind its weight, and apportioned out the waters by measure;  when he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the thunderbolt;  then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out.  And he said to humankind, “Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”  – Job 28:20-28


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