SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Elihu continues to speak to Job.
- At the end of all his other “friends’” speeches, Job had lost all confidence in their sincerity towards him. This is why Elihu opens with telling Job how he was coming with honest intent.
- Elihu felt the need to speak on behalf of God to Job about Job’s claims of being innocent, just like Job’s other companions had. However, Elihu’s words lacked the aggressiveness and mean-spiritedness against Job. Elihu was probably trying to say things others had already communicated, but without contempt toward Job.
- Elihu mentions that sometimes God allows suffering to instruct people. But Elihu doesn’t make the same outlandish claims that others did (such as the claim that Job’s sufferings were proof of a wicked life).
- Job is more inclined to listen to Elihu because he strikes a softer tone. In looking at the last chapter of Job we discussed the importance of being gracious when we confront other people about a problem.
- On the flip side: Is there advice you've written off solely because it was given in a crude way? What if there is truth in what was said, but you dismissed it because of how it was packaged?
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Have you received godly advice that you initially wrote off but may actually need to consider? Take time to reflect on that.
- Above all else, ask God to direct and guide you, and to know how to best seek out wisdom.