Elisha Defends God (Job 34)

Elihu again calls Job out as a man who accuses God wrongly, saying that God has taken away his justice.  He then turns his attention to defending the integrity of God:

10 “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding:

Far be it from God to do wickedness,

And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.

11 For He repays man according to his work,

And makes man to find a reward according to his way.

He reminds his audience that God is over the whole earth, and that if He withdrew His breath and spirit, that all flesh would perish.  God sees every step we take.  God can destroy man and overthrow kingdoms for their evil.  God gives peace that no one can disturb, and He is unsearchable.  Who can tell God that He judges rightly or wrongly?  Job is without wisdom, and talks like wicked men, rebellious toward God.  

While it is true that Job is speaking from his anguish and the perceived injustice he is experiencing, Elihu’s understanding is correct, yet incomplete.  God is just, and He cannot be told He is wrong,  However, Job’s insistence on his innocence is not rebellion, simply a soul crying out to his maker for understanding.  It is not so much God against whom Job rebels, but the condemning, haughty voices of the friends around him.  This is a classic example of how not to comfort a soul in distress.  God is holy.  God is just.  God is always right.  But in a time of pain and suffering, a little commiseration may be in order.  A bit of indignation should be tolerated.  Mourn with those who mourn.  Save the criticism for another time.

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