God Keeps Working
So these times of trial, suffering and pressure God “works out twice even three times” in order to “bring back his life from the pit of destruction and allow the light of life to shine on him.”
Hezekiah realized this truth when he said, “surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind me” (Isa. 38:17).
Job’s integrity of heart is beyond question. He has known fellowship with God and the Spirit of God has given him wisdom and guidance. But during the most crucial point of his trial, his self-vindication was bringing to light the extent that the intertwining and mingling of his “soul-life” with his service for God had grown (see I Corinthians 15:45,46). As Elihu spoke the “Word of the Lord” to him, it was beginning to cut and “penetrate even to the dividing of the soul and spirit . . . to judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
All the way through this chapter, Elihu is clearly under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. He interpreted with clear insight and wisdom the ways and purposes of God, and he did it with great modesty and tenderness. Now, he appeals to Job to pay attention to what he was saying and earnestly encourages him to speak because he really does want to help him to understand what God was doing.
“But Job was silent . . . “
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