"Elihu continued speaking: “Let me go on, and I will show you the truth. For I have not finished defending God! I will present profound arguments for the righteousness of my Creator. I am telling you nothing but the truth, for I am a man of great knowledge. " - Job 36:1-4
I like things neat and tidy, maybe you do too. The Book of Job is neither of these. In the final passages, God reveals that the three companions of Job " have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has." (42:7) which tells us that somehow, in all of Job's intense passion he stayed accurate and that his three friends in all their seemingly logical deductions were wrong. God's statement means that we read Job's accounts with awe and fear understanding that though Job's words are jolting, God says he's accurate. His friends statements, we dare not lean on and quote and agree with because the Almighty Himself says "THEY HAVE NOT SPOKEN ACCURATELY ABOUT ME". What part, God? I want to know where they were wrong! I want to know what was right! You mean You record all they said just to say it's got errors in what they were thinking but You are not going to tell me where? WHY?
The answer is God wants us to wrestle with our need to trust and we'll not always be able to figure it all out. It's a shock: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don't lean on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5-7). That offend us. That is true nonetheless. Job was somehow accurate. His friends somehow weren't. Good to know, but did you notice? The hotshot kid Elihu, who proclaims himself "a man of great knowledge" is left out of the equation. In some ways, his speech will line up with what the Lord soon says in the final chapters (all of the "Where were you... do you know how?") but in other ways, he's seemingly self righteous and arrogant. He directly accuses Job of sin which we know for sure was not accurate. So what do we do with that?
Sometimes, in the hardest of times, things just won't line up in a nice tidy way that makes sense. Job's story proves God allows suffering even in the lives of those with which He is deeply pleased. It proves God may allow Hell more access to what we have than our beliefs would... um, believe. We can engage in theological reasoning to say why that can never happen to us - and that's precisely what Job's three friends were doing which God pointed out as inaccurate and frustrating for Him.
The point is WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET USED TO TRUSTING GOD. Its the nature of the faith God commends in the Bible. It may look like a mess. It all works and makes sense if you get far enough out to take it all in clearly, to see the whole thing in perspective ... only problem is God alone has that seat.
Trust Him. What looks blurred and messy from your point of view is clear and make sense to Him. He does love you. He does have your ultimate best at work. He's not going to mess you up even though the journey might feel messed up with gray areas and question marks.
Spark. Big toasty fire.
what is "spark"?
Its a small thing - like the flash on a spark plug that hopefully ignites something bigger to propel you forward.
Niki is a wife and mother of 2 children. She lives in Charlotte, NC where she enjoys everyday moments that ignite her relationship with our Lord and Savior.