I Saw the Light!

I Saw the Light!

Elihu is the whipper-snapper in the group. He was nameless from the beginning of the book, so some think he is the narrator speaking to the character of Job. Others believe he is actually present during the dialogue between Job and his three friends. Whatever the case, he claims, “Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay” (Job 33:6). He may sound bold, but he is balanced. In a way, he is confirming he is frail as dust, but he also wishes to shine some light upon Job’s dilemma with divine wisdom.

Paradoxically, Elihu embodies humility in his response which contrasts with Job’s growing austerity. In an effort to vindicate himself, Job has fallen into the trap of pride. The pressures of life do reveal what lays undisturbed within our hearts. As we will soon read, God questions Job, whittling his pride down to size, but Elihu revealed this truth from the beginning, “God is greater than man” (Job 33:12).

How does Elihu explain the trials of Job? He wishes to alter Job’s perspective a little. Initially, for punishment trials are not intended, but for preservation. “God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not” (Job 33:14). God wishes to intervene in man’s life to shape and direct him so he may “withdraw man from his purpose and hide pride from man” (Job 33:17). The purpose of trials is to keep “his soul from the pit” (Job 33:18). In some cases, the trials may take a man to the brink where “his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers” (Job 33:22).

What is man’s hope? Listen! Listen to the messenger who shows “unto man his uprightness” and “is gracious unto him” (Job 33:23-24). You will see Job concurs with this wisdom later when he says, “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: Yea, twice; but I will proceed no further” (Job 40:4–5). In the trials of life, God is the one speaking “once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.” Our response should be silence and not speaking; hearing not haranguing; listening not lecturing.

If you love God and find yourself in the throes of temptation, remember God’s work is to shape and direct your life. He may be reaching into your life on a deeper level than you may realize. Listen to the messenger. Your vitality will return whether in this life or when you “shall see his face with joy” (Job 33:26). “He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light” (Job 33:28).

Just like a blind man I wandered along
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light.

I saw the light I saw the light
No more darkness no more night
Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light.

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