Tag: God is Holy and righteous
Scripture reading for May 30th: 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 been listening in on their conversations. Elihu claimed to be full of the Spirit of God and to have wisdom by the Spirit. (Job 32:8) He said he was sincere and had an upright heart. (Job 33:3) He acknowledged that God had made him and given him life. (Job 33:4)
Elihu pointed out to Job and his friends that Job had tried to justify himself. (Job 34:3-7) God was the one who should have been justified, because God was perfect and impartial. He was always just and never did wrong! (Job 34:10-12) God gave each person what he deserved. He was in charge of the earth and needed no one to tell Him what to do! He was not partial to rich or poor and He alone knew each person perfectly. (Job 34:19)
As we look at the words of this younger man, we sense that he understood some of God’s ways. 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 one assumption: Job was getting what was due him. But God, Himself, had declared Job righteous. In Job’s case, he was not guilty, but only being tested!
God is impartial and knows everything. We learn that God can use pain and other means to speak to us. But, in addition, we learn that we as mortals cannot be presumptive. We do not know everything about every 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!