The Story: The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Ps. 111:10). So Job is right where he needs to be in order for the wisdom of God to lead him to peace without complete understanding. He fears God, yet he insists on standing before Him. God terrifies him and has made him weak within and without, yet he will continue to speak out and call upon Him. He’s stuck in the darkness of unknowing just now, but that won’t keep him from seeking the light. This is the faith of Job. In spite of his stumble here, and in the chapters that follow, we can learn what it means to trust the Lord and to enter into His wisdom by following the words of Job.
The Structure: We don’t hear much about the fear of God these days. Could this help to explain why there is such a lack of wisdom among the followers of Jesus Christ? Why are faith is not turning our world upside-down for the King?What is the fear of God? Do you fear Him? Should you? What is the connection between fearing God and loving Him?
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