“So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite from the family of Ram became angry. He was angry at Job because he had justified himself rather than God. He was also angry at Job’s three friends because they had failed to refute him and yet had condemned him.
So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied: I am young in years, while you are old; therefore I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know. I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom.
It is not only the old who are wise or the elderly who understand how to judge.
I paid close attention to you. Yet no one proved Job wrong; not one of you refuted his arguments.”
“But now, Job, pay attention to my speech, and listen to all my words.
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
I am just like you before God; I was also pinched off from a piece of clay.
But I tell you that you are wrong in this matter, since God is greater than man.
For God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it. In a dream, a vision in the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber on their beds,
God spares his soul from the Pit, his life from crossing the river of death.”
Job 32:1-3, 6-7, 9, 12 HCSB
Job 33:1, 4, 6, 12, 14-15, 18 HCSB
Father thank You for this day. A blessing from You. Father I read Elihu’s words and I think of the wisdom imparted on youth, that shock the minds and stir the souls of the older generations who sit in awe. May I hear and embrace wisdom even from the least expected source. Keep me open-minded and receptive. I pray for discernment and that my heart always be kept warm. I pray to be a reflection that brings You pride and not disappointment. I thank You for all that You have done and provided, and all that You will do and provide in the future.
As a believer in Christ, I pray to You today and always. Amen.
Imagine that, a youngster with wisdom, discernment, and insight. I’m sure none of the older men expected that level and intensity of intervention, especially not from Elihu. What if they hadn’t given him the opportunity to speak?
Think of the young voices that have been silenced over the years, silenced even today. We place limits on people’s capability and capacity, according to our determination, but what if we are the limited ones?
How many voices do we stifle that should be heard?
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