Elihu begins his speech to Job with his own contention of righteousness. He proclaims that his words come from an upright heart. He challenges Job to set his words in order before him and take his stand. Elihu says that Job’s contention that God is punishing him without cause is sinful, that Job should not “contend with God.” He also supports the idea that the pain Job is feeling could only be laid upon one who had sinned, and that if one suffered without sin being the cause, that God would quickly remove it from him. Yet Job still suffers. He states that God is gracious, giving a sinful man two or three chances to make things right and be brought back from the pit. He sums up his initial statement with this:
31 “Give ear, Job, listen to me;
Hold your peace, and I will speak.
32 If you have anything to say, answer me;
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 If not, listen to me;
Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom. (NKJV)”
Elihu takes a shot at both Job and his friends, but begins with Job. He really does not add anything to the mix, except that Job would have been restored by now if, by some unreal chance, God had wronged him even though he had not sinned. Elihu is young, and thinks he has something to say, but in this case it seems that he is simply rehearsing the thoughts of the older friends. Sometimes, when you think you have a new revelation, be sure to check your memory bank and make sure that your new revelation has not already been shared by you or another. That way, you don’t walk over the same path and miss another opportunity to hear from God. Of course, if God gives you something you feel He needs you to share, then share it. Just use wisdom….