JOB 34:1-36:33 | 2 CORINTHIANS 4:1-12 | PSALM 44:1-8 | PROVERBS 22:10-12
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Job has been disgruntled in his thoughts and speech for long, but there has been a new person on the scene, evidently much junior in age and station—a man by the name of Elihu who has a few words of his own that he wishes to impart to Job and his friends. After a long preamble, Elihu says this:
5 Look up at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6 If you sin, how does that affect him?
If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him,
or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself,
and your righteousness only other people.
Elihu is essentially telling Job to cut out the complaints about God. Stop saying you are so good and pointing your finger at God for perceived unjust treatment. Who are you to even think you can bring such accusations to the Almighty? And so, he says this:
22 “God is exalted in his power.
Who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has prescribed his ways for him,
or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’?
24 Remember to extol his work,
which people have praised in song.
25 All humanity has seen it;
mortals gaze on it from afar.
26 How great is God—beyond our understanding!
The number of his years is past finding out.
Turning now to our reading in the book of second Corinthians, we find Paul taking great care to explain the intricacies of the foundations of our faith to the new believers in the church of Corinth.
He speaks of “treasure” referring to the knowledge of the gospel of Christ, in this way: 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
Next, we turn to our psalm for the day, and find one in which David, the poet-warrior king of Israel, states with great confidence his utter dependence of God. Would that we might also have the same relationship with God. David says:
6 I put no trust in my bow,
my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.
8 In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever.
Finally, two verses from the book of Proverbs penned by Solomon, the wise king of Israel:
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.