1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
– Job 32:1-3
I have just completed Job (today!) and I continue to reflect on the lessons from the book.
So many topics arise from reading about the life of Job contained in this 42 chapter book…
-How do you deal with pain and loss?
-Is there a right way to grieve?
-Who do you confide in when all else fails?
-How do you encourage someone you cannot empathise with?
-Is anyone ever blameless?
What I like about chapter 32 is Elihu enters the conversation and turns the past 29 Chapters upside down. His speech is beautifully poetic yet amazingly simple – no man can be justified in God’s eyes. We are not perfect. We ALL need help.
Thank God for Grace.
As Christians, we are covered by the righteousness of Christ, so our own efforts mean nothing. Let’s learn a lesson from Job (via Elihu) to stop justifying ourselves before God. We just can’t win and we just can’t do it. Only Christ can justify us and make us right in God’s eyes -quit tryna take His job…..