Thursday, February 24, 2011

March 6, 2009 (Ex. 17; Lk. 20; Job 35; 2 Cor. 5)

In many ways, if you have been reading Job 34 and 35, you might get the impression that Elihu sounds a lot like Jobs other three friends. If you read closely, however, you will find that this is not the case. The difference between Elihu and the other three and the reason why he is not rebuked by God at the end of the story, like them is this: Elihu leaves room for mystery.
In all of his talk Elihu recognizes that some things God has simply not revealed to men and never will (see Deuteronomy 29:29). In fact this kind of talk is similar to some of the things God Himself will say to Job in just a few chapters. We are not meant to understand everything fully. Indeed our finite minds will never be able to fully understand the hidden purposes of God! God never intended us to have this full understanding, and that fact is one of the main purposes of the book of Job. This truth has massive implications for our life. This means that God wants something more from us than just our evaluation and understanding (though He wants this as well). God wants our childlike trust and our wholehearted obedience in the face of the unknown. This is what God is teaching us in this book. Have you learned that yet? Keep reading and allow the Holy Spirit the drive that truth home on your heart with every page!

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