Job 35* Elihu speaks of man's conduct. (1-8) Why those who cry outunder afflictions are not regarded. (9-13) Elihu reproves Job'simpatience. (14-26)1-8 Elihu reproves Job for justifying himself more than God,and called his attention to the heavens. They are far above us,and God is far above them; how much then is he out of the reach,either of our sins or of our services! We have no reason tocomplain if we have not what we expect, but should be thankfulthat we have better than we deserve. 9-13 Job complained that God did not regard the cries of theoppressed against their oppressors. This he knew not how toreconcile the justice of God and his government. Elihu solvesthe difficulty. Men do not notice the mercies they enjoy in andunder their afflictions, nor are thankful for them, thereforethey cannot expect that God should deliver them out ofaffliction. He gives songs in the night; when our condition isdark and melancholy, there is that in God's providence andpromise, which is sufficient to support us, and to enable useven to rejoice in tribulation. When we only pore upon ourafflictions, and neglect the consolations of God which aretreasured up for us, it is just in God to reject our prayers.Even the things that will kill the body, cannot hurt the soul.If we cry to God for the removal of an affliction, and it is notremoved, the reason is, not because the Lord's hand isshortened, or his ear heavy; but because we are not sufficientlyhumbled. 14-26 As in prosperity we are ready to think our mountain willnever be brought low; so when in adversity, we are ready tothink our valley will never be filled up. But to conclude thatto-morrow must be as this day, is as absurd as to think that theweather, when either fair or foul, will be always so. When Joblooked up to God, he had no reason to speak despairingly. Thereis a day of judgment, when all that seems amiss will be found tobe right, and all that seems dark and difficult will be clearedup and set straight. And if there is Divine wrath in ourtroubles, it is because we quarrel with God, are fretful, anddistrust Divine Providence. This was Job's case. Elihu wasdirected by God to humble Job, for as to some things he had bothopened his mouth in vain, and had multiplied words withoutknowledge. Let us be admonished, in our afflictions, not so muchto set forth the greatness of our suffering, as the greatness ofthe mercy of God.
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