“Look, God is greater than we can understand. His years cannot be counted” (Job 36.26 NLT).
Job and Elihu finally have their face-off before the throne of God. Elihu is young, vigorous and filled with the understanding of God’s faithfulness. Elihu’s name means, “My God is YAWEH,” in Ancient Hebrew.
Job on the other hand is older, weary and filled with doubt and confusion about God’s faithfulness. Job’s name means, “Persecuted and hated,” in Ancient Hebrew.
Both these men represent a collision point in every Christian’s life. There will come time in our lives where we must choose to cling onto God’s faithfulness even when the bottom drops out of our world.
It is easy to claim faith when our health, finances, relationships, ministries are going well. But the real test is whether we cling onto His faithfulness when the trappings of this world persecute us with blows of mistreatment and lack.
Will we remain faithful to God even when the presence of all His good is hidden from us? Will we be shaken by our situation or remain rooted to the truth that “God is greater than we can understand”?
When our experience tells us the situation is hopeless, our steadfastness becomes worn-out and our lives are persecuted to the point of hatred, we can stand on the understanding that God’s faithfulness does not change with our circumstance! He is the same yesterday, today and forever; and His faithfulness never ends (Hebrews 13.8).
In the middle of Job’s despair, We must claim Elihu’s spirit of faith!
Every person struggles with maintaining Elihu’s faith when the season of difficulty seems as hopeless as Job’s time of hardship. However, we must look past our troubles to a God who is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3.17)! And just like Job, we can trust that though the pain may last the night, joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30.5).
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours” (Isaiah 61.7 NIV).
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