God Is No Longer Silent

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Job 38-39 All along Job has asked that God will enter into conversation with him. Finally God obliges. But He does not answer Job’s questions. Instead He bombards Job with a series of His own questions. He intends, on the one hand, to take Job seriously, and on the other hand, to overwhelm him with a realization that God’s wisdom and God’s power put Him in a league all by Himself. In an age when man often acts …

Man Doesn't Have the Answer

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Job 34-37 Elihu keeps saying,“Listen to me, I have the answer,” but when we listen we find little help. The fact is that Job and the three “friends” and Elihu do not have the answer because none of them knows what transpired in the introduction to the book. There we learn that God allowed Satan to test Job to prove that Job served God, not because of what he received from God, but because he loved God. There …

Biblical Morality

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Job 31-33 The three “friends” have charged Job with some sin which must be the cause of his suffering. Job now examines his life, and in doing so provides us with a good list of the morality which the Bible demands. God demands honesty (31:5). God demands sexual purity (v. 9). Job recognizes that if he had a sexual relationship with another man’s wife it “would be a heinous crime” (v. 11). In a day when adultery is …

The Past Is Past

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Job 28-30 Job extols the technological achievements of man, but points out that they do not bring wisdom, which only comes from God. What a message to our generation, which is so advanced in its technology! With all our genius, people do not have wisdom. Many have wealth and education, but make a mess of their lives. Someone has said this is a day of guided missiles and misguided men. Christ is the source of true wisdom; we …

Does God Answer Prayer?

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Job 23-27 Job wishes he knew where he could find God, because he still believes that God would vindicate him if they could only meet. But he can’t find God. How good that now that Christ has come, we can speak to God, knowing He will listen. But we must also admit that there are times when it seems as if God is not listening. At those times, let us be assured that He is, for Christ has …