Good morning! Please read Job 35, Job 36, and Job 37 and come on back! A couple of things stand out to me in today’s reading:
Like the other friends, Elihu seems to speak out of his own experience (or maybe since he is young, he is speaking from what he has been taught). Like the other friends, Elihu seems to be following suit, intimating that all of this is Job’s fault. He does allow that God is wise and generous, and can’t seem to square Job’s current trauma with the kindness of God. He has to make it Job’s fault – it probably makes them all “feel better”. We all want an explanation when we see something bad happen. Part of the reason we want to explain it is so we can explain how it would never happen to us. The truth is, our only guarantee is the presence of restorative power of the Lord – He is faithful no matter what our circumstances are.
Why didn’t the friends pray for him? I’m ready to see Job restored! I’m also ready to hear the Lord speak to Job directly!