Well, Katie made it home yesterday and now we are in full swing of packing for our family reunion this weekend. We are going down to Red Rock Canyon with Dusty's family....all 150 of them. Seriously. My father in law is 1 of 15 kids......LOTS of cousins!!!!!!!! JJ and Hannalee will have tons cousins to play with. It will be a good time.......hot probably, but good.
Chapter 32-33 Elihu speaks again.....his has been listening "from the wings" to the different speeches of Job and his friends, apparently to put in his two cents worth but restrained from doing so by cultural mores. Not only was it considered disrespectful for young people to speak before their elders have had their say, but a young person's "wisdom" was often considered deficient. Elihu doesn't see it that way....in fact, he and others, believe he speaks with divine inspiration. Elihu's lengthy speech does introduce important truths that Job's other friends miss....especially the possibility of a gracious God!
Chapter 34 Elihu makes a point that Abraham and Moses both made....God is not the author of evil (Gen. 12:25 & Deut. 32:4). God is not the author of evil ........although he allows the evil one to prowl the earth (1 Peter 5:8). While Job in his anguish and frustration, has accused God of acting unjustly, Elihu wisely reminds him that God's scales balance perfectly and his mercy and goodwill sustain all!! When we see sin and suffering all around us, its easy to blame God. But we must recall Jesus' words...."in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world! (John 16:33).
Thanks be to God for Jesus!!!
I'll be gone and will not blog until Tuesday.