And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’ Job 28:28
A man is wise when he truly understands how unworthy and small he is in the presence of the One who created the universe around him.
When one realises this, all he would do is to bow down and worship and submit to Him to whom all things belong. As the hymn writer put it, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full on His wonderful face. And the things of this world will look vainly pale, in the light of His glory and grace.”
And the mystery of it all…..even the ability to realise this is a gift from God…how can a truly wise man ever be proud of his understanding?
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. – Job 1:1
Job was known to be blameless & upright, one who feared God & shunned evil. He was not a “full-time” priest. He had his own business – consisting of flock, real estate & other possessions. And he conducted himself as one who feared God and shunned evil. What a testimony for our emulation!
And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” – Job 1:7
What is Satan doing everyday? “…going to and fro on the earth, …walking back and forth on it.”
He is seeking whom he may devour, walking about like a roaring lion – this is what the Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Pet 5:8. He is really busy doing this everyday.
If Satan is busy doing this everyday, we need to be busy on our guard. We need to take offensive measures against him as our best defense strategy. What should such offensive measures include? Obviously – the means of grace bestowed by God. How important it is that we should use these means for our own good and not take the threat of Satan lightly. Hence, don’t neglect the means of grace – the word, prayer, Christian fellowship, worship, breaking of bread, etc.
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Job 1:8
It is interesting to see here that God was “proud” of His servant Job. He described him as “..a blameless & upright man, one who fears God & shuns evil..” Aren’t these virtues bestowed upon Job by the grace of God? Yet He attributes them to Job. This is the great mystery of God’s sovereignty versus man’s responsibility. Accept it, submit to it and praise God for it. It will keep us humbly dependent on Him.