Today Job’s young friend, Elihu, comes forward with some words of wisdom. Elihu is angry at Job for justifying “himself rather than God,” and he is angry at the three friends because “they had found no answer and yet had condemned Job.”
Elihu confronts Job saying, “Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the sound of your words, saying, ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me. Yet He finds occasions against me, He counts me as His enemy; He puts my feet in the stocks, He watches all my paths.’ Look, in this you are not righteous.” Elihu is correct! Job is not without sin, and Scriptures support Elihu’s claim:
– “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
– “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).
– “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
However, One is coming who has no sin to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves – “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). There is only one person who will ever walk the earth that is without sin and that is Jesus Christ! Job is a sinner in need of a Savior just like the rest of us. And once again, what makes Job righteous? His faith in the Lord, for without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Tomorrow we will hear more insight from Elihu about the greatness of God, and the next day the Lord speaks. So keep reading! We are in the home stretch of the book of Job! (Job 32:1-34:37)