If I want to be wise…

“The fear of the Lord — that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28)
Job is trying to figure out how God and suffering (evil) relate.
For many people, the fact of suffering and evil prove there is no God.
But Job knows that without God, there is no meaning, purpose, or hope.
For better or worse, Job chooses to respect God, and reject evil.
We live in a world that rejects God and denies evil.
Despite all our knowledge, we remain fools trapped in a desperate dream.
We can’t break our way out of suffering, and evil still shows itself daily.
God in mercy steps into our world to reveal Himself and expose evil.
Through Jesus, we learn the wisdom of loving God and hating evil.
Not just in our heads, but with our lives, as we live in reality.
We can’t be wise without recognizing the place of God and evil in the world.
We will remain trapped and miserable, as long we deny this reality.
Knowing God through Jesus may not fix all our problems, or remove suffering.
But at least with God and Jesus, we can cling to meaning, purpose and hope.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, life and reality are hard to figure out. In the meantime, I choose to cling to You and what You say about God and evil. God is good, and evil is… well, evil. I choose God!

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  1. This reminds me of Solomon’s request when he became king – wisdom. It is a gift from God. It all starts in Him. Living in His way – in His SonShine. In His presence we can LightShine. Then and only then are people wise, doing His will. Living for Jesus.

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    Inspired from Prov. 1:1; 2 Chron. 1:7-12

    VERSE 1
    Solomon was a young man
    When he learned that he’d be king
    He feared the Lord like his father
    So God said, “Ask for anything”

    VERSE 2
    He didn’t ask for superpowers (no, he didn’t)
    Or to be a millionaire
    He only asked God for one thing (yes, he did)
    And gladly God heard his prayer

    Make me wise, make me wise
    Let me see through this world’s lies
    There are so many paths to follow
    And I don’t want to compromise
    Make me wise, make me wise
    So I’m pleasing in Your sight
    Lord, I want to bring You glory
    So I’m asking You to make me wise

    VERSE 3
    God is ready to help us (yes, He is)
    When we call upon His name
    He gives His grace to the humble (yes, He does)
    Who, just like Solomon, pray

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