Scripture Reading: Job 35:1-37:24 / Matthew 24:1-31 / Proverbs 4:1-9
In recent years, talk radio has become an ever increasing and popular format for radio stations. Radio hosts choose a topic and subject to discuss and phone lines are opened for listeners to express their opinions. A wide variety of topics drive talk radio from sports, environment, medicine and politics.
It is interesting to hear the varying views on morality, freedom and spirituality. Listeners as well as hosts become quite adamant with their opinions. Discussions often turn into debates and rants. Opposing views are not well received and often strong, accusative and belittling words are used to prove their point. Everyone thinks they are right and everyone thinks everyone else is wrong.
It is amazing to listen to off base, erroneous and hypocritical logic. Their ignorance, criticism and judgmental attitudes are often cloaked in pride and arrogance. Several times I have simply turned off the radio because of absurd thinking and huge egos. This type of drama may attract a larger listening audience but it drives me away.
What would Job’s life look like if it was on talk radio? The topic of the program would be the troubles, trials and tribulation of life…specifically Jobs. Of course the host is Job and he would spend most of this thoughts and words discussing his God-forsaken and trying life. His words of despair, heartache and confusion would be his attempt to answer the nagging question of “why”.
This vulnerable and broken man would empty his soul with four of his friends listening to him and gathering around him to comfort and help him answer “why”. Their thoughts and insights would miss the mark of wisdom and truth, adding to Job’s confusion and despair, not his comfort.
Finally, the youngest of the four friends, Elihu, would speak after the rest finish sharing their insights. He says, “I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my maker. Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you.” (Job 36:3,4) His words do not flow from a spirit of humility and brokenness but from a heart of pride and arrogance.
The audacity of this young man to state his knowledge was not from the faultiness of this earth but came from heaven itself…from the throne room of God. This suggests his words could not be refuted or his wisdom questioned because he was speaking with the authority of God’s representative. God does empower people with gifting’s and enablement but their words are to be judged by God’s Word. Alignment to The Word is imperative and is God’s measurement of truth. Elihu boldly gives his counsel yet it falls short of unraveling the mysterious purpose for Job’s trial. Job came to a point in life where the perspectives, opinions and viewpoints of men were redundant and shallow. He needed a Godly perspective…He needed God’s opinion!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!