Stop and Consider God's Wonders

Bible Reading: Job 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37 - Listen

After letting his elders have their say, Elihu joins in the discussion with Job and his friends. He "became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God" (32:2). It's interesting that, when God later addresses Job's friends who "have not spoken of me what is right" (Job 42:7), he does not address Elihu. This young man answers Job's complaint of God's silence by saying that God speaks to us in various ways, but we don't always recognize his voice. He says the reason for suffering is "to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride" (33:17) and "to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him" (33:30). He joins the other men in insisting that Job is being punished for his sins, if not for past deeds, then for his pride and arrogance at questioning God and for bragging about his own righteousness. I find it amusing that, while Elihu persistently accuses Job of pride, he says in reference to himself, "Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you" (36:4).

Elihu says that God is wooing Job from the jaws of distress, but that Job is also being enticed by evil and will be judged with the wicked (36:16-20). He suggests that Job is so bitter that he would prefer turning to evil over having to continue in affliction (36:21) --a statement which is completely contradictory to the convictions that Job has just shared. Elihu ends with a beautiful discourse on the greatness of God (36:22-37:24). He challenges Job to stop and consider God's wonders.

May we, too, stop and consider the greatness of God and be overwhelmed with awe and wonder at his splendor and majesty. May we stop our questioning long enough to recognize God's voice, whether it thunders in marvelous ways (37:2,5) or whispers quietly in ways we don't perceive (33:14). May our hearts pound within us and leap from our chest as we contemplate his ways (37:1). As we observe his sovereignty over all of creation, may we be reminded of his power and interest in every aspect of our lives. Let us surrender our fear and doubt to the Almighty God, who works in ways we cannot comprehend. Let us rest our troubled minds, release our need to understand why, and simply trust our all-knowing, all-powerful God, whose greatness is beyond our understanding (36:22a; 37:5).