Elihu Goes On, and On, and On…

John DeJong

READ : Job 33:1-11

Approximately a seventh of the book of Job is Elihu’s discourse! How did he get there? Who asked him to speak? What are his personal credentials? No answers! It is hard to find a thing wrong with what Elihu says. Much of his discourse you will find in other Scriptures. Some of his words are the same or similar to the pronouncements of God Himself. He has a lot to say, six chapters, but I doubt that Elihu ever once looked deeply into Job’s eyes and discovered the man, the saint, that rare, righteous man.

Many years ago a preacher, noted for his great sermon content, was criticized by his listeners because, as one person said, “when you preach, it is as if we aren’t even here or at least we are invisible to you.” How about you and me? Do we often have God’s words without God’s heart? Do we walk into a classroom to teach children, young people or adults, without really seeing a single person?

A wise pastor once said to me, “John, you’ve got to know your people, their hopes and hurts, trials and troubles. It’s a rough world they live in. You’re their pastor. In your preaching, in your whole ministry, be there for them, to bandage their wounds, heal their hurts, share Christ’s love.”

PRAYER

God all powerful, remind us again that “though I have the gift of prophesy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, but do not have love, I am nothing.” For Jesus’ sake. Amen.