God is impartial and knows all!

Scripture reading for May 29: 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 presumably wiser friends of Job were silent, Elihu opened his mouth to speak.  Elihu was a younger man, also a friend of Job, and had listened in on their conversations.  Elihu claimed to be full of the Spirit of God and have wisdom.  (Job 32:8)  Elihu confronted Job about his complaint that God had not answered him.  Elihu told Job that God spoke in many ways and we may not pay attention.  (Job 33:13-14)  He offered that God sometimes speaks through a bed of pain, which Job was then enduring himself.

Elihu pointed out 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 is perfect and impartial. (Job 34:10-12)  God always gives each person what they deserve.  He is not partial to rich or poor and He knows each person perfectly.  (Job 34:19)

Elihu understood God and had placed 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 made the assumption that God was giving Job what he deserved.    As we know from the first two chapters, this was not the case.  God, Himself, had declared Job righteous.   In Job’s case, he was not guilty, but only being tested!  Elihu was wise in some things but lacked full understanding that God had!

Have you ever been presumptive about the causes of sickness or great suffering? How does Elihu’s approach cause Job more suffering and not really help him? Ask God to help you discern His will and bring true comfort to those suffering.

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