Vs. 6, “So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: “I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know.” Elihu comes dramatically into the scene! He is wise enough to know that since he was young, he would have to wait it out until his turn to respond. Though he speaks eloquently and has to say a good many truths…it is not seasoned with love. In fact, Elihu himself describes himself as angry. Though God will indeed speak, Elihu is an interesting interlude between Job’s three friends and God. Yet in the end…when God comes into the scene, Elihu will not be mentioned. But some scholars believe that it was Elihu that came to begin preparing Job to understand and be prepared when God would come.
Regarding application…Assuming Incorrectly. Vs. 18, “For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me.” There is definite wisdom in young Elihu for he patiently waited to hear both sides before he spoke. So many times we are all so busy wanting to share our own thoughts about something we rarely even take the time to listen to what others think. So let’s give credit to Elihu for his respect of elders (to a certain degree) and the fact that he listened before he spoke. We would gain a great deal of respect from others if we considered what young Elihu did. But I suppose the biggest application here is that we must not so quickly assume that we are being compelled by God’s spirit (vs. 18) to share some new revelation to others. Encouraging and comforting a friend who is suffering is a task that has never been an easy one. Elihu’s mistake was that he was too emotional (angry) to realize he needed to tone it down a little. Let’s be brothers & sisters who lovingly listen and lovingly share God’s word to comfort those in need.