Job 34 has Elihu continuing his rant against Job. He is convinced that Job is off base in his thinking that he is right. Elihu assures us that God hears what we say and knows what it means. “For the ear tests words as the palate tastes food”. That is how we need to listen to the things we take in – to carefully hear and evaluate things to know whether they are true. Then we can “choose what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good”. There is plenty of false teaching and just plain junk flowing in all directions around us. We must test those words and be sure we listen only to that which is true.
Elihu does get one thing right, even if his assessment of Job is off base. We will account for what we have done when we stand before God on Judgment Day. Every one of us will face God someday. It won’t be optional, and we won’t pick the time. When we do, He’ll require us to answer a couple questions;
- What did you do with Jesus?
- What did you do with that which I entrusted you (your time, talent and life)
The day is coming. Are you ready to answer? “For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him”. Our future depends on what we do with our life now.
Life doesn’t happen without God. Elihu gets that right too. “If He should set his heart to it and gather to Himself His spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust”. God alone holds it all together. We need to recognize that reality and live life in accordance. Life is all about God, not us. We somehow buy into the world’s view that the world revolves around us as individuals. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is God’s universe. We are merely allowed to spend a short time as part of His Story!
But how we live those years is important. “For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps….they turned aside from following him and had no regard for any of his ways”. We won’t pull the wool over God’s eyes when we stand before Him. There are no secrets. There is no hidden actions or even motives. He will measure us and sees each and every step and thought. We’ll give account, and if we have turned away and insisted on running our own life our own way, we’ll pay the price for that. God is in control. Our best outcome is to know and live with that as the guideline.