Choose your words wisely

remember to choose words wisely

Job 33-35 Elihu Speaks

Elihu has been silent up to this point. Now he is “full of words,” and angry. In fact, that character quality is mentioned four times. He was angry because Job saw himself as innocent and God as the aggressor. In hindsight, it would have been better for Elihu to have been quiet. Instead, he adds to Job’s condemnation with vigor and harshness.

How quick we are to condemn another’s situation. Interestingly, none of Job’s “miserable” comforters sought to place the blame where it squarely belonged: on Satan. Instead, they blamed Job and continued to berate him. How quick am I/are we to make judgments regarding another’s situation? Why are we so quick to make judgments?

A word to the wise: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver,” (Proverbs 25:11). 

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