Job 28 is all about wisdom, Job’s thoughts on wisdom. He concludes it is the most precious and valuable commodity of all, more precious than any other resource (verse 15 & 18-19).
He concludes man left to himself neither has wisdom nor can find it (verses 12&13, 20&21), but it is known to God and lies with Him (verse 23).
The chapter concludes with what God tells us wisdom is, and what it should look like in our lives, verse 28:
28 And to man He said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
The fear of the Lord is wisdom. The fear of the Lord means to embrace God’s values, deem most important what He deems most important and hold His priorities. It shouldn’t stop there however, simply as something we believe, a mental exercise and an intellectual position.
Job goes on to talk about understanding which one commentator said is the best kind of wisdom. God wants the fear of the Lord to lead to understanding in our lives which as verse 28 says, leads to action, departing from evil. God wants us to embrace His values, deem most important what He does and hold his priorities at a level that leads us to act on those beliefs and as a result of our position.
So the fear of the Lord should involve convictions and values we hold relating to God that lead to action, and not until they do we fear the Lord the way He wants us to.
In God’s economy…..the fear of the Lord involves action.