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Have you ever heard the saying, “the older you get, the wiser you get,” or something similar? The majority of the time this is true—it is common among most cultures that the elderly are treated with respect and people come to them for advice. But sometimes God chooses to give great wisdom to the younger generation to turn people back to the right path.

After Job lost everything he had, including his family, possessions, and health, his three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, came to comfort him. Instead of being compassionate, they tried to use their wisdom to explain to Job why these things happened to him. Eliphaz told job that you reap what you sow and accused him of being deceitful. Bildad told Job that his children were sinners and that is why God got rid of them. He also told Job that his sufferings are a result of his personal sin. Zophar plainly accuses Job of being a liar and tells him that all sinners are doomed.

The whole time his friends were accusing him, Job held fast to his integrity and upright ways. Job rebuked his friends for their cruelty and uncompassionate words of wisdom.

Older - Wiser?

All the while, a young man named Elihu was sitting by listening to the conversations of Job and his three friends. He said nothing until they were finished talking because they were older than he was. Elihu begins by telling them, "But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice" (Job 32:8, 9). Elihu goes on to tell Job that God reveals himself to people through their suffering and reminds Job of God’s sovereignty. He also tells Job his prayers to God are in vain and God will exalt the righteous.

Elihu spoke great wisdom through the power of the Holy Spirit. Elihu’s words were more powerful and comforting to Job than the words of his three older (and wiser?) friends.

The Holy Spirit will give anyone great wisdom if they ask for it and humbly accept it no matter how old or young you may be. God can and does use boys and girls to do His work. You may be one of them if you ask and accept what He is giving you.

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By David Wolstenholm. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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