"I am young in years, and you are old;that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’ But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right. “Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know. I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning;
while you were searching for words, I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments. Do not say, ‘We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.’ But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments. “They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them. Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply? I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know. For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply. I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone; for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away." - Job 32:6-22 -
I remember having to read the Book of Job for my 12th grade literature class, Mrs. Harbin's class at Vigor High. At that time, Job confused the hell out of me and I didn't even remember this portion of the Book from that time. Yes, we read Job in a public high school for literature and it was ALL GOOD!! Anyway, it was not until I was maybe 30 or 31 that I decided to read the entire book again. Elihu's passage stood out to me the most, outside of God's following response to Job which I think we ALL should take the time to read. God lays it so plain, and Elihu's response is the perfect intro to the Book's finale.
There is so much that I can say about Elihu's words in this chapter but what hit me yesterday as I pondered the scriptures, is we often forget about God's power to use whomever He wants, however He wants, and whenever He wants!! If God, chooses to put His Spirit, His voice into a 2 year old child, then SO SHALL IT BE!! Elihu was very respectful of his elders and evidently listened intently to what was being said. At some point, it hit him that his elders were talking nonsense. So, he spoke up, IN TURN, out of the Spirit that compelled him.
I have had to practice LISTENING to my own children more and more. I have often had to humble myself before them for taking lightly certain they have said or brought to my attention. Youth may mean less life experience, but it means no difference in terms of how God chooses to conduct Himself through our youngans.
BOTTOM LINE: GOD IS GOD!