Job 35-37

Elihu ends up becoming just like the rest of Job’s so-called friends. He even seems to be on the edge of anger. What is important to note is that all anger doesn’t bring about God’s righteousness: “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” James 1:20.

All of these men most likely had good intentions for Job but all of them fell short of really being the kind of friend Job needed in a time like this. How much better would Job have been to have been loved and comforted by them instead of them trying to figure out why he was in the situation?

Elihu even says things about God that are true but they do not apply in this situation. God wasn’t punishing Job and Job had not committed any sin that brought these things about. We must be careful to not give truths about God that do not apply to a situation because even though it’s true it may not be helpful.

In Job 37:24 Elihu says “Therefore people fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart.””
Job 37:24 NASB2020
This is a good word of course. What all of us must do is make sure that we are applying the word to our lives first before presenting these things to others.

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