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One perfect in knowledge?

Scripture reading for June 1st: 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, he has an answer and he even has information you did not ask for.    Elihu boasted of his great wisdom and did give some good information.  But Elihu was not much different from Job’s other three friends and he claimed to know God perfectly.  (Job 36:4)

Elihu stated that God commanded sinners to repent and that 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 he concluded that this was not always the case.  Sometimes the wicked prosper and nothing seems to touch them here on earth.  (Job 21:7-14)  We cannot always presume that our life on earth has to be a certain way based on our behavior. God may allow other things to work out His purposes in our life, but they will all be for our good if we love him.  (Romans 8:28)

Elihu also stated that our sin has no effect on God.  (Job 35:6)  Sin provokes His anger and all sin is against God.  God’s revelation of His Law and the consequences of sin show God’s concern.  Of course, Job was before the Law but God never changes and His character is the same then as now!

Elihu accused Job of preferring evil to affliction.  (Job 36:21)  This also was presumptuous on Elihu’s part.  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)  We must not judge others by what we see or think we know.  There is often much more than meets our eye!

God alone has perfect knowledge!   He has given His followers the Holy Spirit as a helper to bring small portions of His perfect knowledge to us as we have need.   He can give us understanding in all situations and show us when to speak and when to remain silent.  As we walk with the Holy Spirit, we can ask Him for knowledge and wisdom to effectively minister to those who are hurting.

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