1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?”
I love a good debate. It is even better if it is on a topic about God. I’ve been known to argue both sides of a topic just to make sure that all aspects are analyzed properly. Job and his friends have been having a lively debate. Both sides putting together beautiful statements and rebukes. Everyone thinking that they where speaking the words of God to the others. Each thinking that wisdom and insight had been given to them to share. Then God shows up on the scene and asks who has been speaking without knowledge. Silence reigns. Their wisdom didn’t seem quite so great in the presence of God.
The appearance of God made me think of two things. The first was when Jesus claimed that when two or three gathered in His name there He would be (Math 18:20). The second was the numerous times I have offered words of wisdom to others usually quoting scripture and offering to pray for them. I have to think now that maybe a better response is to turn to God and ask Him for the wisdom that the particular situation calls for. It seems like the more I learn, the easier it is to find the “Ed Wisdom” that fits the particular situation. I think that it is a safe bet that God could say to me “who has been speaking words without knowledge?” It is humbling to know that God is with me and hears my words of wisdom and how often they are probably lacking. I am reminded that I have two ears and one mouth and should monitor what I say much more carefully than what I do.
Father may you help me to always seek you in filling my words with knowledge. Help me to turn to You in all things especially bringing to mind situations when I am tempted to speak up with “Ed knowledge”. Guide me instead to seek true knowledge from You, the source of all wisdom. Continue to show me your love, grace, and mercy, in Jesus name, Amen.