Job 33: Use the Bible
In Job 33, I’m kind of happy that we finally see a mature argument being brought by Elihu against Job. I still think that he was slightly mistaken, but at least we get to hear a fresh voice was obviously thoughtful and willing to talk.
Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
This is obviously the same point I have been harping on the entire time, but Job never said that he was perfect for his entire life. If he believed that, then why would he have said what he did in chapter 14?
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
Job claims that no one can be clean, so that obviously includes him.
However, even though Elihu still seems to be missing this point a little bit, he does get around to articulating a very important truth that perhaps Job did need to hear.
Job 33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
Job 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
Job 33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
He is essentially saying that God really does not need to answer to us. He is greater than humans, and His purposes are also greater than our purposes. Listen to how he continues.
Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Job 33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
Then he lays out the point that Job is upset because he doesn’t have the answers. Elihu says that that is kind of hard to explain because God has indeed communicated with humans.
That is where I’m going with our application today.
I think that we can fall into the trap of saying God doesn’t tell us anything. We can end up saying that we never get answers even though we are desperately looking for them.
The fact of the matter is that we have a lot of answers. The Bible provides a variety of answers for a variety of situations, and it actually provides a pretty good representation of most of the situations that we can run into.
We might complain about not having answers, but we miss the ones that are right in front of us.
I hope that we don’t do that. Obviously, prayer is incredibly important and we need to be dialoguing with God. However, if we feel like we are not getting answers, we need to not forget about the resources we have right in front of us. God speaks through the prophets and the writers of the Bible. It is a valuable tool for answers.