If there is one truth that we have hopefully gleaned from this Coronoavirus is this: there is no guarantee of a tomorrow. Elihu wants us to realize that .
Job 35-37 Elihu is full of words as he continues to share his wisdom. He is right in that God is exalted in power. Even though men know this, they presumptively say I am the captain of my life. They go on their merry way, leaving God out of the equation until a storm rises on the horizon. Sometimes a delay is too presumptuous saying “another day.” It seems to me we read the account about Noah and of those who perished because of that philosophy.
Elihu is right about one thing: Storms come that we may seek His face and His understanding. He is also right in his description of God: He is all of splendor and more. We cannot attain to Him. God is God, and man is man.
Elihu says God is God, and He is under no obligation to react to people’s actions. He also doesn’t need to provide relief if their prayers are selfish and full of pride. The time to seek God is early on when hearts are tender and humble. But days come and go leaving God out of the equation. He may be grieved and broken-hearted yet remains steadfast, allowing them to choose or reject him.
Reluctantly my neighbor said, I never needed God in all of my life, and I don’t need him now—as he breathed his last. Tragically, Noah’s record, and the rich man in Luke 16 show us the results of that philosophy. Torments await those who reject God. Where are you, my friend?