Job 37

Job 37 is about God’s greatness.  It begins reminding us of the thunder of His voice.  “God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend”.  Elihu wants to be sure Job is reminded about the greatness of God.  He also repeats his comments that Job is not on the same level as God.  He lists all sorts of the things that God can speak, just as He did at creation when he spoke the world and mankind into existence.  The voice of God comes in many ways, but the point Elihu is making is that it is all powerful.

Elihu goes on to remind Job that God alone is responsible for all things.  “Whether for correction or for his land or for love, He causes it to happen”.  His motives are not the question here, but God’s power is the message Elihu is making.  God is in control of all things.  He deals with the weather be it snow, rain or ice.  He is the author of all things in life and on this planet.  And Elihu waxes poetically almost making the point to be sure that Job realizes that what happens is about God, not him.

He gives some final advice to Job as the chapter winds down.  “Stop and consider the wondrous works of God….the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge”.  Elihu appeals to Job in a very personal way.  He calls Job out about God’s power in his life and the world around them.  Elihu has many of the right ideas about God here.  He is the author of all wonder and works.  He has perfect knowledge of every situation and is able to see all things from His throne.  But Elihu presents these truths based on the wrong premise of Job’s situation.

Elihu ends his thoughts for Job giving a foundational truth about God and His consistency.  “He is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate”.  God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  His greatness never ends.  His character never changes.  He does not answer to mankind.  We are to fear Him.  God has allowed men around Job to share their thinking for the first 37 chapters of the book.  Now, we’ll get God’s perspective as He enters the discussion and gives us the answer to what His role has been.


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