Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 39:4
It is very common to look back on days go by and desire to have them back. People often remember of good times in the past and want to go back to those days.
Those longings can be for going back to a home town, back to a high school, back to an old job, back to some old friendship, or something else that brings good memories. As much as one may long to go back to those ‘better’ times, it is usually not possible, and most often things have changed to the point it would not be the same.
One of the desires Job had was to go back to the time he felt God’s intimate friendship within his house. He is remembering of a time when God always seemed to be there and everything was working out just right. There were no problems or challenges. As he says this, Job is going through the trial of his life and God appears to have disappeared.
Longing for days long gone in which a believer felt an intimate time with God is very common for believers. This becomes very true during a trial in life. People want to go back to an old church, or a time when there seemed to be no challenges. They want to ‘feel’ God in their life.
Desiring God’s intimate relationship should be a high priority for every believer. However, that does not mean one is always on a high feeling that God is right there. It means that one is standing in faith that God is still there and is in control during a storm in life. It is holding on to faith in God.
Seek to have that intimate relationship with God at all times in your life. Make it your highest goal in life. That way when the trials of life come, you will remember that God is still with you, despite not feeling it.
Following and believing in God is more than just a feeling, but a matter of faith and the heart. It is knowing God is with you.
Take time every day and throughout each day to spend time with God. Build that intimate relationship with you. Read His word and spend time in prayer, talking to Him. God wants to spend time with you, are you spending time with Him?
I pray today that you will know personally know God; that your heart’s desire will be to be with God; that you will have an intimate relationship with God; and that you will know that God is with you at all times in life.
And he said to the human race, “The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28
Gaining wisdom and understanding has been a goal of humans since the beginning of mankind. People are very curious and want to know more and more. They want to understand how things work and why they work the way that they do.
In the search for wisdom and understanding, billions of dollars are spent annually on education and studies. Often one thinks he has the answer to solve many of life’s challenges. Currently many people think that they have the solution to the violent crimes being committed in America with enacting more rules. The solutions range from both ends of the spectrum and all have problems and really don’t solve the issue.
In this section on Job, there is talk of finding wisdom and understanding. When searching by physical means, no one can find them. They are hidden. In the end wisdom is only found in fear God and understanding is found when one turns away from evil.
Fear God is seen as wisdom, because God is the One who created everything and is in control of everything, so He is the One who sets all the rules and regulations. Respecting and obeying God makes one wise. The world rejects God and so does not have true wisdom. Their thoughts only bring about more destruction and death.
When one begins to turn from evil, he then has a true understanding of what is going on and what is best. Sin not only brings about a momentary pleasure, but will also bring about death and destruction.
The world does not have a full understanding of what is happening, because they promote sin and death, while ‘striving’ to combat it. Only in Christ Jesus is there true wisdom and understanding.
Focus your life upon God and His word. As you do that, you will begin to have wisdom and understanding that this world cannot understand nor have. You will be able to understand the troubles in this world better with the eternal focus of God in mind. You will know and understand the best path to take as you follow God’s ways and directions.
Who can be better at giving wisdom and understanding than God, who has been there since the beginning of time and created everything. Trust His wisdom and understanding.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will fill you with His wisdom; that God will give you understanding of what is happening; and that you will know God’s peace in your life, despite the chaos of this world.