I am confident I am not the only one who has had a skeptical father-in-law. Before Carol and I got married, her father made sure we had "the talk." He was concerned about my ability to take care of his daughter as well as he thought she deserved. It took awhile, but I believe he finally decided she might have made a good choice after all.
My father-in-law had plenty of reasons to be doubtful, but I never came home telling him about a bush that was burning, yet not burned. Or how God spoke to me out of the bush. Or how God was going to use me to deliver His people, my family, out of slavery from the most powerful nation in the world. Jethro had plenty of reasons to be skeptical of Moses and, therefore, his God.
God made abundantly clear He was the LORD through the displays of His power while delivering Israel from slavery in Egypt. Can you imagine the conversation when Moses told Jethro all the LORD had done? Jethro was convinced, "Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods." Since Egypt was the most powerful nation, it seemed reasonable to assume their gods were the most powerful, but the LORD had destroyed them all.
LORD God Almighty, thank You for the continual revelation of Your power and capability. Thank You for giving me the eyes to see You.
How powerful and capable is our God? How could Jesus make the promise of Luke 21:18, "But not a hair of your head will perish" with all He said would happen to these men in verses 16 and 17 if He were not all powerful and capable to keep them from harm?
"And Elihu continued, and said: 'Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.'"
The NLT translates the last clause of Job 36:2 as "For I have not finished defending God." In Job 32-37, the core of Elihu's argument against Job is his complaints against God. While reading Elihu's indictment of Job, I thought of the Israelites grumbling against God. I had not made the comparison of Job similarily complaining about God to his three friends. I missed it because of everything the Israelites had seen God do in delivering them from Egypt. They had no right to complain; He was blessing them even under those challenging circumstances.
However, Job's situation appears on the surface to be very different from the Israelites. He did not have someone like Moses explaining God's plan and purpose. He is just suffering. Isn't it okay to let God know how we feel? Job, like all of us, has a finite understanding of the infinite One. So who are we to tell Him what He should be doing? We indeed are the clay; He is the Potter. Can He not do with us as He wills?
I am thankful for Paul’s insight in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known."
Sovereign LORD, who am I to judge You. Forgive me for being like Job and the Israelites. Please surround me with friends who speak truthfully about You and who defend Your glory and honor as Elihu. I look increasingly forward to the day when I shall know fully, even as You fully know me now.