Today’s Reading: Job 26 – 29
In the summer after freshmen year of high school I took an Earth Science class as something to keep me busy. While the teacher was a bit weird, I loved the class. That one class led me to take more Earth Science and Geology classes through out high school. I loved studying about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. During those classes we had many field trips to see geology in the field. We went cave exploring, visited geologically interesting landscapes and even went into some gold and lead mines. I loved volcanism and plate tectonics so much I had convinced myself I was going to be a geologist.
One of the things that always interested me was the idea that certain minerals and gems could simply be found in the ground and could be worth something. The idea that I could walk along a rock strew path and pick up a stone, describe, classify it and determine its value gave me a great feeling.
I eventually did go to college to study to be a geologist. Unfortunately, there I found out that what I loved was the field work and not the 90% of the time spent in the lab looking through microscopes and working out math calculations. I switched to sociology after one miserable semester. I still love geology as a hobby, but now it is all fieldwork! Just last spring my son, my brother and I had a great geology vacation in Iceland (I blogged each day I was there.).
Today’s reading included Job chapter 28 which reminded me of my I want to be a geologist days. Nearly the first two thirds of the chapter relate how hard man looks into rocks, mountains and mines to find valuable minerals and gems. He explains how hard they work and what amazing things are done to mine (especially amazing considering he is talking about at least 3500 years ago).
While Job is impressed with all of man’s activity looking for treasure, he comes back with a key thought:
Job 28:12 NLT
12 “But do people know where to find wisdom?
Where can they find understanding?
After talking about the true wisdom that God has, Job finished the chapter with the real precious gem of today’s reading:
Job 28:28 NLT
28 And this is what he says to all humanity:
‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
to forsake evil is real understanding.’”
If you have been following along on your daily reading, or if you are in your own daily reading plan, then you are on the path of finding precious gems and minerals. You are on the path to find the Lord and true wisdom. Will you continue to mine God’s word with me?