Day 19

Elihu Speaks to Job’s Condition

from the Job reading plan


Job 32:1-22, Job 33:1-33, Psalm 118:8, Mark 12:28–31

BY Andrea Lucado

I recently had a conversation with a friend who is facing a trial at work. A co-worker spread a false rumor about her, and now my friend must defend herself and her character to her boss. We talked about how lonely and powerless the business of defending oneself can be.

At this point in Job’s trial, prosecutors Bildad and Eliphaz are winning. Although they have no evidence, they have made a strong case that Job has sinned and earned the punishment he is now suffering. Job has done his best to be his own defense attorney, defending his character to his prosecutors as well as to God. But his case is weak in the face of his dire circumstances, and the verdict seems to be leaning one way: Job has done something to deserve this punishment.

Enter Elihu. Young in years but wise in spirit, Elihu pauses the impending verdict and suggests another way: “If there is an angel on his side…to be gracious and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom’” (Job 33:24–25).

After reading those words, I breathed a sigh of relief. Finally someone is suggesting that Job doesn’t have to do anything to get himself out of this situation. He doesn’t have to plead with God or somehow correct the unrighteous behavior we still have no proof of. There is a third way in the form of ransom.

Elihu speaks of a gracious and loving God in these chapters, one who is willing to forgive, keep us from death, and ultimately restore us to righteousness (v.26). This is the God I have come to know through Jesus Christ, who is more than an angel—He is my Savior.

Whereas both Job and my friend were innocent, the case brought against me is true. I have done wrong. I have sinned. There is no defense I could muster against that prosecution. Yet, by the blood of Christ, I have received the same ransom Elihu suggests here. Jesus is my defender so that I don’t have to defend myself.

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, Elihu’s hypothetical scenario is our everyday reality. We have a defender. We have a good Judge who has restored us to righteousness. Because of this, we walk in grace, not judgment. And we step forward without fear, knowing that when we one day see His face, it will be “with a shout of joy” (v.26).

 

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18 thoughts on "Elihu Speaks to Job’s Condition"

  1. Beth Hinson says:

    This passage turned me a lot to focus on my own prideful sins. Job believed himself to almost be equals with Jesus, thus believing that he made one mistake that brought on all of his suffering. Whenever I mess up, I sometimes try to shove it away or hide it because it hurts my pride to much, but God rejoices in our humility and His mercy abounds all of our failures. Lord help me to rejoice in my failures knowing that you will never fail and you will never fail me!

  2. Heather Noble says:

    Thank You father God, Jesus Chist and Holy Spirit for fighting on my behalf. I can walk in light knowing that You protect me and defend me! All I have to do is accept!

  3. Steph C says:

    “When he prays to God, he will be accepted. And God will receive him with joy and restore him. He will declare to his friends, ‘I sinned and twisted the truth, but it was not worth it. God rescued me from the grave, and now my life is filled with light’” (33:26-28). Oh wow. These verses speak such truth. A ransom has been paid – for Job and for me. I too sinned and twisted the truth. I grew up knowing the truth and rejected it as an adult. I despaired of life. God quite literally rescued me from the grave. He accepted me and forgave me and filled my life with light. Thank you Father for your forgiveness and joy!

  4. Amanda MarieO'Malley says:

    I know I am a mess and far, very far from perfect and God sees the real me like everything and still defends me and loves me and calls me his own

  5. Wendy Myers says:

    Such a good reminder. ❤️

  6. Mari V says:

    This devotion reminded me of the song by Michael W Smith. “Surrounded” (fight my battles)

  7. Diana Degnan says:

    Same here

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