Today’s Reading: Job 34-37
Today’s Reflection: Job 34:21-27
21) “For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps. 22) There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. 23) For God has no need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment. 24) He shatters the mighty without investigation and sets others in their place. 25) Thus, knowing their works, he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed. 26) He strikes them for their wickedness in a place for all to see, 27) because they turned aside from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
As Elihu admonishes Job and his friends, and speaks in defense of God, he asserts that God is a God of supreme justice. What are the characteristics of God as Judge according to Elihu?
Vs 21-22: He sees everything every man has done (or will do). Nothing is hidden from His sight.
Vs 23: He has no need for more evidence or investigation. In our legal system many criminal cases turn not just on proving someone committed a crime, but proving their motive for the act. God doesn’t just see the outward appearance but the heart as well (1 Samuel 16:7), so He has complete information to render judgment.
Vs 24: Human status, power or position matters nothing where God’s justice is concerned. The mightiest person is shattered when God passes judgment, then God replaces him with someone of His own choosing (as God did when He replaced King Saul with David, 1 Samuel 13:13-14).
Vs 25: God judgment moves in realms man cannot see (as if in the dead of night while man sleeps). Man often doesn’t see God’s judgment coming until it is upon him (as was the case with Haman, Esther 6:12-7:10).
Vs 26-27: Though man’s sins are often committed privately, God’s judgment is often public. He makes people ‘proverbs and bywords’, warnings of what happens when someone chooses sin over obedience, chooses death over life (Deuteronomy 30:19).
It’s important to note here that Elihu is describing God’s judgment here on earth, and as we know there are times when people seem to get away with sin in this life or are beset by unjust circumstances. But what we do see of God’s earthly justice should give us confidence in His ultimate judgment at the end of time. And when justice doesn’t seem perfect or swift enough here and now, we must remember God’s mercy. He is often giving people (including us) an opportunity to repent.