“Hear my words you wise men; give ear to me, you who have knowledge. For the ear tests words as the palate tastes food. Let us choose justice for ourselves; let us know among ourselves what is good.” – Job 34:2-4
This young man, Elihu, continues on in his discourse and he is really pouring it on to both Job and Job’s accusers. Now, Elihu is a young man and he is full of anger and vigor at this point. In fact, he really thinks of himself as God’s answer to them at one point (see Job 36:4). Even though Elihu misjudged what was happening at times, he still makes some very good and valid points with some spiritual truths.
Look at the scripture above as an example. Elihu is right, when we eat something we know whether it is good or bad by the taste. It is the same with hearing and we need to discern what is good, take that, and leave the rest. We are told to do this in the New Testament as well (see 1 John 4:1-3 & 1 Thess. 5:20-21). So, although Elihu gets a little off at times, he still makes some good spiritual points and I like what he says next.
“Although you say you do not see Him, yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him. And now, because He has not punished in His anger, nor taken much notice of folly, therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; he multiplies words without knowledge.” – Job 35:14-16
What was Elihu saying here? He was saying that when things seem bad we usually begin questioning God and rarely cry out to Him or praise and thank Him. And rather than waiting on God, we begin complaining, allowing our hearts to become bitter and opening our mouths when we shouldn’t and saying things from a bitter and angry heart.
Whatever you are going through today, are you turning to God and blaming Him? Have you considered crying out to Him and praising Him instead? If you feel like He is keeping you in the dark and do not know what He is doing, praise Him and wait. He will answer and He may be drawing you closer to Him.