Fear: Digging Deep


In life, there are a multitude of things that are said to be skin deep or surfacey. We easily perceive  a shallow person when we see one. That person has no regard for anything than him/herself. We even know when people really are concerned about us. The person that asks ‘how are you?’ but retreats when you begin to tell them isn’t really concerned. Let’s face it, there are too many of us who want people really concern because we Fear: Digging Deep.

We Fear: Digging Deep as it relates to God as well. We really don’t want to know Him. If we did, we would have a different disposition in our pursuit of Him. Listen to the writer in Job 28. While not the traditional explanation of the text, I want to point out that God knows the status of our hearts. God knows that we really do not want to dig deep for Him. In verses 1-11, look at how God describes man’s pursuit of that which he believes is most valuable. Mortals put an end to the darkness of deep in the earth in pursuit of rare metals which they have a greater value of than God. In verse 13, God says that man does not comprehend the value of wisdom. In contrast to the rare metals, God, from the eyes of Matthew Henry, says, “the price of it is very great; it is of inestimable value, Job 28:15-19. The place of it is very secret, Job 28:14, 20, 22.” Man does not even know where wisdom is found nor is he looking. If he was looking, God begins to tell where it is found in verse 20 and states it plainly in verse 28.

28 There is a mine for silver
and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the earth,
and copper is smelted from ore.
Mortals put an end to the darkness;
they search out the farthest recesses
for ore in the blackest darkness.
Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,
in places untouched by human feet;
far from other people they dangle and sway.
The earth, from which food comes,
is transformed below as by fire;
lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,
and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
no falcon’s eye has seen it.
Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
and no lion prowls there.
People assault the flinty rock with their hands
and lay bare the roots of the mountains.
10 They tunnel through the rock;
their eyes see all its treasures.
11 They search the sources of the rivers
and bring hidden things to light.

12 But where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding dwell?
13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
the sea says, “It is not with me.”
15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
it cannot be bought with pure gold.

20 Where then does wisdom come from?
Where does understanding dwell?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
concealed even from the birds in the sky.
22 Destruction and Death say,
“Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
23 God understands the way to it
and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.”

If we want to know God, we cannot Fear: Digging Deep. We must be willing to pursue God and dig deep in His Word. We must respect or fear God or at least the Word of God. For, we are told here in Job 28 that “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom and to shun evil is understanding.”

Do you Fear: Digging Deep? If you do, you will either not know the fullness of knowing God or you will never know God. The price of the latter is eternal separation. The price of the former is missed jubilation. What do you want out of life? Pursue your choice.

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