Then the wrath of Elihu was aroused because [Job] justified himself rather than God. Job 32:2
The book of Job is a fascinating book. Here’s the basic brake down of what happens in the book of Job:
Chapter 1,2: The story of what happened to Job.
Chapter 3: Job’s lament and his cursing of the day of his birth
Chapters 4- 25: Job’s friends vainly try to explain why this has happened and what Job should do. Job responds to each, defending himself.
Chapters 26-29: Job’s final defense of his own ‘righteousness’
Chapters 32-37: Elihu’s correct response to Job
Chapters 38-41: God rebukes Job.
Chapter 42: Job repents, God rebukes Job’s three friends, God restores everything to Job and gives him twice as much in the end.
In the book of J0b (we know of all the terrible things that happened to Job), Job basically comes to the conclusion that ‘it profits nothing that a man should delight in God (Job 34:9).’ Job insists that he did nothing wrong (which he didn’t until he opened his mouth). Job can’t understand why all this bad stuff has happened to him when he’s been so sure to obey all that God commanded him. “So what’s the point in serving God?” he says.
The period Job suffered was believed to have been about 9 months. But according the bible, it didn’t have to be that long. Look at what Elihu says:
“Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress, Into a broad place where there is no restraint; And what is set on your table would be full of richness. But you are filled with the judgment due the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.” Job 36:16-17
Job prolonged the period of his suffering by blaming God for what had happened. Job should have opened his month in praise rather than in complaining. God would have brought him out much sooner. It’s no wonder people stay in their problems for so long. They blame instead of praise. They justify themselves instead of justifying God.
Another interesting fact about Job is that Job never really finds out the reason for the trouble that came upon him. God never told him why. The ‘why’ didn’t matter. The point was that Job needed to trust God. Maybe you’ll learn why one day, but in the mean time you need to trust God no matter what.
I am one who strongly believes that we should learn the reason for why things happen. We should study and explore and read and experiment. But we need to not condemn God when we don’t know the reason for something. That’s stupid. “God, I don’t know why this happened, so it must be your fault!!!” That’s how people think!!
This is why God gives his discourse to Job. God basically lets Job know that he is not as smart as he thinks he is.
But let us not mistake God’s intention to Job. Some people think that the book of Job is proof against the fact that God wants us to prosper and be in health. Not so! Actually, it’s the exact opposite. The book of Job shows us how much God really wants to bless us in every way. God only wants to show us that we must have a heart only for Him. We must not love the world or the things in the world. If we put anything before God, He will require it of us. But if we don’t, He will bless us in every way.