Things Work Together

The Book of Job is full of profound statements. “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'” (Job 28:28 NASB)  The fear of the Lord is not just the beginning of wisdom, it is wisdom.  To depart from evil …. well, that’s understanding. A blind man can see that this world is full of human beings without understanding. Evil is called good, truth is rejected, and few fear the Lord.

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'”   (Matthew 7:23 NASB)  These are “church people” Jesus is describing. They didn’t fear God and therefore they never departed from evil. Scripture is explained in ways that please them, if not they depart from the truth.

This wisdom begins our process of being made holy, as the children of God must be. We  call it sanctification, Job called it departing from evil. In time, depending on the extent of sin damage, the fear of God is subdued by His love. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18)

I wrote all this to declare my own profound statement. Understanding is wonderful.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28NASB)