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Job 28

​​We’ve all heard the beginning of Job’s story. He is a rich and powerful man who lost everything in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, Job’s children, cattle, home and health have all disappeared, and he is left to mourn the loss of it all. Throughout the discourse that Job has with his friends, he questions why God would allow such terrible things to happen to him even though he fears God and is considered “blameless and upright” (Job 1:8).

But in the midst of all of Job’s questions, confusion and concerns, he never loses sight of God’s sovereignty.  Job chapter 28, Job is telling his friends about the importance of wisdom, saying “the price of wisdom is beyond rubies” and that wisdom “cannot be bought with pure gold” (28:18-19). Job goes on to say that, though wisdom is hidden from our eyes, “God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells” (28:23).

​Though Job is tormented by the idea that God could afflict him in such a powerful way, he never doubts God as the source of life and wisdom. Job knows that even though his circumstances seem bleak, God has the wisdom and understanding to work in Job’s life for His glory and for Job’s good. What Job does lose sight of is God’s actual desire and purpose to do good to him.

Are you experiencing trials in your life right now? Are you questioning why God would put you in a certain situation or let specific things happen to you? Even though life may seem out of control right now, do you trust that God is in control, and that He has the wisdom to know what to do in your life? We won’t always know or understand God’s thoughts, and because of this we will often question why things happen the way that they do. But we can always rest assured that God is sovereign and good and He knows exactly what He is doing.

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