Today in my reading of Job; a new character is introduced. His name is Elihu. Elihu has been quietly waiting in the background for his turn to speak. He had heard enough from the other 3 “friends”. Once again, Elihu doesn’t get a lot of things right, but the things he does get right are good.
Elihu claims Job is not suffering because of past sin; but he infers that Job is now sinning because of his suffering and feels he needs to confess his sin. This stood out to me because of my currently suffering the loss of my father. I do not want to sin in the midst of my pain. I ask God to help open my eyes to this if and when it does happen. I desire to remain close to the Lord and be sensitive to His direction even during the most difficult times. I want to always maintain a repentant heart.
Also in my reading today, I see the foreshadowing of Jesus! Oh, how I love to see Jesus jumping out of the Old Testament pages. I find Him in Job 33 beginning with verse 23. Elihu says, “But if an angel from heaven appears – a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare that he is upright he will be gracious and say “Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life”.”
Oh Jesus, I cannot thank You enough for ransoming me. I thank You and praise You for this time of suffering. Even though my heart aches and my body is weary, I know that You are on Your throne and You alone will heal me and restore me and set me back on my feet.
Thursday challenge: Be Jesus in the flesh for someone.