Job 12

As we’ve traveled to various biblical locations on this summer vacation, one of the truths we have seen with the most frequency is that God puts us in a particular place for a particular time with a particular purpose. From Eden to Horeb, from Babylon to the valley of dry bones, even in the unexpected pit stops along the way, God is at work. We’ve seen it on this journey and in our own lives, and we read it in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

We know this to be true because the Spirit of God impresses it upon our hearts, but we also know the Scriptures are honest about another reality–because we don’t see all things, we don’t always see how all things are working together for our good. That is where we find Job–right in the middle of the darkness with nothing left but a few friends who are more eager to cast blame than to offer comfort. Job’s response to those friends in chapter 12 begins with a biting sarcasm, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.” Job’s friends thought they had it all figured out. They did not. So Job goes on to let them know that he has a few things figured out himself, “But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these?”

Job had some things figured out, but he knew he didn’t have everything figured out. He also knew that the wisdom of God has no rival, “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.” Job didn’t see how all the pieces of his life fit together, but neither did his friends. They just thought they did. Job spoke of a God who puts people in a particular place for a particular time with a particular purpose, a reality that he knew could be both comforting and confounding (even at the same time).

For us today, Job’s words don’t answer every question we might have about our lives, but they do contain reminders we need. They point us to the One who actually does have it all figured out. I pray we seek His wisdom for this day.

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