Elihu takes up a remark by Job that said there was no value to living righteously in comparison to living wickedly. When people cry out they ought not to be surprised when God does not answer those who have pride in their heart – regardless of what type of life is being lived (C-35). Elihu holds up the Lord’s honor and method of dealing with those who live on earth (C-36). Can man know the wondrous works of God (C-37).
Application. Job suffered a great amount of affliction. It was a common belief that those who suffered affliction did so because their sin was detected and the punishment came from the Lord. Job rejected this because he could think of nothing for which he should be afflicted. This perplexity of his stumped him throughout. Elihu understands that but takes Job to task for calling into question the Lord’s method of dealing with man. In fact, Job takes the Lord to task when he really does not understand what he thinks he does – for what can man understand in relationship to the Lord unless the Lord reveal Himself to man? Paul said something about this to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 2:6ff). Herein is our application: we don’t understand, but the Lord does!