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  • Chapter Thirty Three

    Elihu continues to speak.

    “Job, I hope you will hear what I have to say. I will speak from the heart in righteousness, and forgive me if my words are not as eloquent as yours.

    The Spirit of God has made me, as He has made all men and given us life. I have the same understanding as you, seeing as I also hear His voice and obey His commandments. If I speak in error, I will hear your wisdom over mine and listen carefully.

    I will speak in the place of God as you have requested, even though I am a mortal man like you, formed from the dust and returned to it when my life is over.

    I do not fear death, for I know the Lord is with me.

    I have heard your speeches and your answers to these men. You have proclaimed your innocence, and your own uprightness. You have said the Lord has found you wanting, and has punished you without reason. But in your argument you are mistaken, and I will tell you why.

    God is God, the creator of all things. He is not a man. So why do you fight against Him? Is He accountable to you?

    Does God ask our opinion before He acts? Or does God decide who will be blessed and who will not for His own purpose?

    For all you know, God has withdrawn from you to humble you, because you were so perfect your pride was about to cause you to sin.

    He has not allowed the evil to overcome you, nor has He taken your life. He has given you pain and suffering, and has taken your appetite. He has allowed disease to ravage your body, but He has not allowed death to take you.

    I do not know the reasons for His actions, but I know if you survive this ordeal, you will be a new creature in His sight. Your flesh will be like a newborn baby, your body restored to the energy and health of your youth. You will open your heart to God and speak with Him continually, and your righteousness will be a witness for all men.

    God looks down on men and judges them. When they come to him admitting their sins, He delivers them from evil and sets their feet on paths of righteousness. God sets trials before men so they will learn and grow in righteousness.

    This is the way God deals with men, so they can be fruitful to his cause. When He forgives their sins and blesses them, they become the light for others to follow.

    I hope you are listening, Job, for this I know to be true. If you can dispute what I have said, speak now, for I am ready to learn at your feet. If you know I am right, hold your tongue, and I will tell these others the error of their ways.”

    Suffering for God

    In the opening scenes of Skyfall, 007 is fighting on top of a train headed for a tunnel with a freelance agent who has stolen a hard drive containing the encrypted files of every undercover agent in terrorist organizations. The two men are fighting furiously, and the British sniper cannot get a clear shot at Bond's adversary, but faced with the possibility of losing her agent or the hard drive with the potential of endangering scores of agents, M gives the order to “Take the Shot!”. Bond is hit, and plummets to the raging waters of a river below. The freelancer escapes, the hard drive is lost.

    Wait a minute, you might say, Bond is the good guy, he's supposed to win all his fights. And M giving an order to shoot, even though she knows the sniper may hit Bond?

    I could go into a long explanation about sacrifice for the greater good, but the point is simple. It's part of the job.

    When it comes to choosing God, you immediately become an enemy to Satan. If you haven't chosen, you're on the sidelines, just like those folks in the audience at the theater. You get to watch the drama unfold, but you really don't have any say in the outcome. You're just along for the ride.

    Job has chosen to actively stand with God. Wisely, through this entire ordeal, he has not cursed or blamed God for his troubles, but has instead defended his own actions. In a way, there is pride in Job's speech, and perhaps that is God's reasoning for allowing Satan to act. We can speculate, but until God tells us why, we really don't know. Only God knows.

    Think of it this way: You are a quarterback and the coach is sending in the plays. He sends in a pass, and you disagree, but he is the coach and your job is to do as you are told. You can either run the play he wants or call a running play. He's a good coach, one of the best.

    What do you do?

    Yes, I know I've put this song out there recently. Hint Hint Hint. Listen to the lyrics.
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