Vs. 36, “Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man.” Even young Elihu gets his turn to mock & accuse Job. This is not new for Job, for Elihu responds with his harsh words rather than words from a heart to help. Elihu’s comments in this chapter are also the same old thing regarding God’s “Just attributes” and Job’s seemingly obvious sins. Let’s not forget that some of Job’s comments in the end were not appropriate either. While Elihu was right in God’s sovereignty and justice, he also forgot to mention God’s grace.
Regarding application…Questioning God. Vs. 12, “It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.” There are going to be times in our lives where we will question God. Whether it be circumstances in our lives, the paths we’ve chosen to go down, tragedies that happen…we have all questioned God and probably will have questions till the day we die. But Elihu reminds us of the fact that God is Just. He always has been…he is now…and he will be forever! My prayer is that we all would remember this whether we are the victims or the encouragers. Remember that our limited knowledge will never really comprehend God’s ways, but that’s where faith comes into the picture.