Then Elihu continued and said, “Wait for me a little, and I will show you that there is yet more to be said in God’s behalf. “I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.”For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you. “Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.”He does not keep the wicked alive, but gives justice to the afflicted. “He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; but with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.”And if they are bound in fetters, and are caught in the cords of affliction, then He declares to them their work and their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.”He opens their ear to instruction, and commands that they return from evil.”If they hear and serve Him, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures. “But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword and they will die without knowledge.
Human philosophy has not changed much in the history of the world. It sees there are often many who would tout their imaginations as being profound when it comes to the invisible God.
Is there more to be said in God’s behalf? Where does this information come from and How will he obtain it? Oh, it comes from “afar” and I will go and fetch it. Man thinks of himself as eclectic. He simply believes that truth is “discovered”. Maybe it would be discovered on an adventure or maybe it will be discovered through sitting at the feet of Plato or Freud. Maybe it will come in a dream and I will take it to myself, discover its meaning and then tell the world what God is like.
You may think my words are foolish, but this is the position of both Elihu and many who today spout their earthy wisdom. God, they say, does not despise anyone as He is a God of love. Since He loves good people, He would never allow the wicked to live. With Elihu, God is simple and works in a very simple manner. In Elihu’s world, God will always make man to know his unrighteousness and give them the opportunity to repent. Then, when they do repent, God will always grant them that “they will end their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures”.
Elihu’s thoughts are the voice and reason of ignorance. He like many people we hear on TV and socialize with speak in the same manner. I wish that I had a nickel for every time I have heard that God is a God of “unconditional love”. Thoughts like “God will always rescue you” and “God will always work everything to your good” will be with us until the end. If as Elihu says, God will open the ear for instruction, why would Elihu have to travel far away to learn about God? God is near. But God is not simple and neither is He one to put up with the slander of man who says that He is and does apart from what He has revealed Himself to be. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1-2 (NIV) Do not look for God afar off, but look for Him in His Son.
Looking into eternity,
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