Job 35 - 37
Elihu continues to talk… and talk… and talk. He observes the recipient of the consequences of all our actions, whether good or bad: “Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man.” (Job 35:8). He notes God’s reaction to the cry of the unrighteous (Job 35:12-13). He confirms Yahweh’s righteousness (especially in chapter 36). But his discourse really begins to shine in Job 36:24-27 when he calls everyone’s attention to an approaching storm. As clouds cover the heavens from their sight and the torrential rains approach, Elihu describes them for the rest of chapter 36 and all of 37 to awaken in his listeners the awe of God’s terrifying majesty. And as the rain falls, he concludes his contribution to the dialogue by saying, “The Almighty – we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate. Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit” (Job 37:23-24). May we stand in awe alongside them in admiration of the storm that declares Yahweh’s majesty… and His response that comes in tomorrow’s reading.