Job 37* Elihu observes the power of God. (1-13) Job required toexplain the works of nature. (14-20) God is great, and is to befeared. (21-24)1-13 The changes of the weather are the subject of a great dealof our thoughts and common talk; but how seldom do we think andspeak of these things, as Elihu, with a regard to God, thedirector of them! We must notice the glory of God, not only inthe thunder and lightning, but in the more common and less awfulchanges of the weather; as the snow and rain. Nature directs allcreatures to shelter themselves from a storm; and shall man onlybe unprovided with a refuge? Oh that men would listen to thevoice of God, who in many ways warns them to flee from the wrathto come; and invites them to accept his salvation, and to behappy. The ill opinion which men entertain of the Divinedirection, peculiarly appears in their murmurs about theweather, though the whole result of the year proves the folly oftheir complaints. Believers should avoid this; no days are badas God makes them, though we make many bad by our sins. 14-20 Due thoughts of the works of God will help to reconcileus to all his providences. As God has a powerful, freezing northwind, so he has a thawing, composing south wind: the Spirit iscompared to both, because he both convinces and comforts, #So4:16|. The best of men are much in the dark concerning theglorious perfections of the Divine nature and the Divinegovernment. Those who, through grace, know much of God, knownothing, in comparison with what is to be known, and of whatwill be known, when that which is perfect is come. 21-24 Elihu concludes his discourse with some great sayingsconcerning the glory of God. Light always is, but is not alwaysto be seen. When clouds come between, the sun is darkened in theclear day. The light of God's favour shines ever towards hisfaithful servants, though it be not always seen. Sins areclouds, and often hinder us from seeing that bright light whichis in the face of God. Also, as to those thick clouds of sorrowwhich often darken our minds, the Lord hath a wind which passesand clears them away. What is that wind? It is his Holy Spirit.As the wind dispels and sweeps away the clouds which aregathered in the air, so the Spirit of God clears our souls fromthe clouds and fogs of ignorance and unbelief, of sin and lust.From all these clouds the Holy Spirit of God frees us in thework of regeneration. And from all the clouds which trouble ourconsciences, the Holy Spirit sets us free in the work ofconsolation. Now that God is about to speak, Elihu delivers afew words, as the sum of all his discourse. With God is terriblemajesty. Sooner or later all men shall fear him.
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