Where is God in the midst of our pain?
It seems easier, if we can explain why, if others can feel our pain and perhaps understand.
God is there, but we don’t always feel His presence, or His comfort.
Instead of comfort and understanding from his friends, Job was put on the defensive, and it wore him down.
When nothing more could be said, Elihu thought he had insight into the situation. Elihu’s words are not without merit. He rightly rebukes Job’s friends, and rebukes Job for thinking he can ‘make his case’ before God. Who are we to say we have a superior moral standard to God?
Yet, in Elihu’s words in chapters 32-37, he repeatedly implores them to ‘here his words,’ and says things like:
“Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf. I will bring my knowledge from far away, and ascribe righteousness to my Maker. For truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.” — Job 36:2-4
It is Elihu who claims to speak on behalf of God. Ever had someone tell you, “God told me to tell you this.” What do you say to that? How can one possibly disagree with someone who claims to be the voice of God?
I grew up Pentecostal. I believe God inspires words in people. However, it’s a very dangerous thing when someone arrogantly claims to speak directly for God. How can we discern whether their voice is conterfeit or real? How can we discern the voice of God?
Don’t wait for the moment of deepest crisis to learn that God’s voice sounds like.
If your dad called you in the middle of the night, would you know it?
Crisis isn’t the time to discern God’s voice, but to depend on it.
Job tells us what to do when we suffer: trust, depend, believe.
Job continues to listen, and in the end, hears God’s voice.