We must avoid presumption!

Scripture reading for May 30: Job 32-34

“So listen to me, you men of understanding.  Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.  He repays a man for what he has done, he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.  It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.  Who appointed Him over the earth?  Who put Him in charge of the whole world?” Job 34:10-13

After all the older and wiser friends of Job were silent, Elihu spoke up.  Elihu was a younger man and  hah been listening in on their conversation.  Elihu claimed to be full of the Spirit and to have wisdom.  (Job 32:8) Elihu dared to confront Job about his complaint that God has not answered him.  Elihu told Job that God had spoken in many ways and he was not  listening.  (Job 33:13-14)  He stated that God sometimes spoke through a bed of pain, something Job was enduring himself.

Elihu pointed out to the friends that Job had tried to justify himself.  (Job 34:3-7)  God was the one who should have been justified instead of Job, because God was perfect and impartial.  God is always just and never does wrong! (Job 34:10-12)  He is not partial to rich or poor and no one tells Him what to do.  (Job 34:19)

As we look at the words of this younger man, we sense that he based much of his understanding on a knowledge of the Almighty.  The Spirit of God did give him insight that did not depend on age.  Elihu had correctly discerned God’s impartiality and ability to judge each person justly.  However, Elihu still didn’t have complete wisdom.  He based his assessment on the assumption was that Job was getting what was due him.  God, Himself, had declared Job righteous.   In Job’s case, he was not guilty, but only being tested!   Elihu may have been wise in some things, but did not have full knowledge either!

We do understand that God is impartial and knows everything.  He can use pain and other means to speak to us.  But, in addition, we  learn that as mortals, we should not be presumptive.  Our observations and experience cannot tell us everything about any given situation.  God is sovereign and we must let Him be God!  Check your own heart today and allow the Lord to set it in order!  He is truly able!

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