Perfect in knowledge?

Scripture reading for May 30: Job 35-37

“I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.  Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you. Job 36:3-4

Have you ever been around a person who thinks he knows everything?  For every question, they have an answer and even give information you did not ask for.  Elihu boasted of his great understanding and had some good information, but was really not much different from Job’s other three friends.  He talked down to Job and subtly accused Job of not knowing God while he claimed to know God perfectly. 

Elihu stated that God commands sinners to repent and if they listened, they would spend the rest of their days in prosperity.  (Job 36:11)  This argument had already been hashed around by Job and his friends. Job had reminded them that sometimes the wicked prosper and nothing seems to touch them while on earth.  (Job 21:7-14)  We must not judge others by their physical state, or prosperity or lack of it. Only God knows the heart.  

Elihu stated that our sin had no effect on God.  (Job 35:6)  But sin provokes His anger and brings His wrath because all sin is against God first.  Although Job lived before the law was written, Job and Elihu understood God’s basic commands through relationship and conscience. God never changes and His character was the same then as He is now!

Elihu also warned Job not to turn to evil and accused him of preferring evil to affliction.  (Job 36:21)  When we think that we are perfect in knowledge, we can easily become judgmental and critical of others.  Knowledge puffs us up, but love builds us up!  (1st Corinthians 8:1b)  Elihu’s last words told of God coming in majesty and splendor, but beyond our reach!  How ironic that God Himself next spoke to Job!

I am reminded of my own need to be more quiet and listen longer before I speak. (James 1:19-20)  No one is perfect in knowledge and understanding but the Lord!  (Proverbs 3:5-7) Examine your own heart today and confess any presumption or judgmental attitudes towards others who are suffering. Take time to listen to God and those who are needing His comfort. More love and less words speak loudly!

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