Todays readings are Job 34-37 and Acts 14.
Pauls Simon sings, “Hello darkness my old friend, I have to talk to you again” in his song “The Sound of Silence”. Job while he had never heard this song, probably had the same thought with his friend Elihu.
Chapters 34 to 37 of Job provides many words and many thoughts from Job’s friend. After he finished speaking, the Lord himself will speak and he will have a word or two to say.
As you read the chapters, and I encourage you to do so, I am sure that Elihu’s motives were sincere, but he was way to presumptuous in assuming he had worked out Job’s life. We too can sometimes fall into the same trap. We know someone well, well we think we know someone and we watch their lives and then we believe even with good motives that we can correct their errors and put them back on the right path.
Unfortunately, like so many well meaning messengers of grace, Elihu was so fully convinced of his good intentions that he became insufferably overbearing.
One of the major mistakes Elihu had made was tied in with Job’s view of God’s justice. If God is so unjust, why did Job want to be vindicated by him? It did not make sense. But this was Job’s point to his friend. He wanted to be vindicated by God because God is just. God isn’t indifferent to his people as people are to God.
We always need to remember that God never takes his eyes of the righteous but uses their troubles for disciplinary instruction and to call them to repentance. Time and time again God uses pain and affliction to get people’s attention. But to his credit in Chapter 37, Elihu challenges Job to ponder God’s power of all the elements and over all of life.
That indeed is a good thing for us all to reflect on.