The Young Pup Roars Like a Lion: Enter Elihu. We don't know when he showed up, but this younger man was there long enough to hear the three elders state their cases against Job, and he heard Job answer them. Elihu was at the boiling point, if he didn't speak out, his head would have popped off! This is a quick view of what he had to say:
- Admitted he was young, and waited until he had heard them out due to respect.
- "But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding."
- He admits that, "the spirit within me compels me", so he must speak out.
- "For God is greater than man", a concept that seems lost today.
- "For God does speak-now in one way, now another-though man may not perceive it."
- He tells of God speaking to us through dreams, by pain & suffering, by that small voice within us, and via angels; all to get our attention and help us turn from evil and back to Him.
- God does this many times.
- "It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice"
- Were God to withdraw His grace, the world would not exist.
- Elihu, in Chapters 35 & 36, gives a most powerful discourse on how good God is, no matter our circumstance. He believes that no one is completely righteous next to God, and that God uses afflictions of all kind to woo us back.
- "How great is God-beyond our understanding"
Next time: Careful what you wish for, God answers Job.