• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 10, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 32-34

Job 34:37

For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

It would have been better had he not spoken. But he couldn't help himself. He is Elihu, the youngest of the men who came to comfort Job. He continued the onslaught of false allegations hurled at Job. In today's verse he said that Job added rebellion to his sins and that he multiplied his words against God. Not to God, or about God, but rather against God. None of this is true. The first two chapters of this book proves this. The Lord God stated that Job was perfect, upright, one that feared God and eschewed (or stayed away from) evil. These are the marks of a person who is not in rebellion against God. As for his speech, God's Word said: In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (1:22)

Yes, Job did meander in his sorrow, but he maintained his integrity, even against the admonition of the one closest to him, his wife, but did he multiplieth his words against God; nope, didn't happen. Elihu was wrong. As the three before him, he spoke words without wisdom. In his tirade there is a nugget of truth that deserves to be unearthed. That truth was uttered by Jesus as He said it twice. Which is...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matthew 12:34, Luke 6:45). Our Lord indicates that whatever is in the heart in abundance people will sooner or later speak. We have proof of this being Elihu's issue.

Job 32:18-20 tells us about Elihu. For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. He could not contain himself; the thoughts and words were bottled up in his heart, they needed an escape which they found through the opening of his mouth. You've probably experienced this. Have you ever been in a disagreement, argument of some kind with someone you've known a long time during which all of a sudden a long list of old issues came forth from the other person? In their heart those old, and forgotten to you, issues were building up. They were in the person's heart in abundance, therefore when the restrictor was released, they all came pouring out. You see, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Every time.

The way to keep wrong words from being spoken, words that later one would wish they didn't say, is to get them out of the heart. Have a heart-to-heart talk about them when there is no conflict, work through them in non-confrontational times, pray about them, forgive them and then when the mind brings them up again remember that they have been forgiven. There are many ways to get things out of the heart if a person has the desire to do so. By doing so words that should not be spoken won't be, because the heart is not bursting to let them out.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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