Pastor Tim Romero
Job 32:2–3 (ESV): "2 Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. 3 He burned with anger also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong."
The only way to truly discern a situation is to take the time to listen. It is a discipline that is not practiced enough. James reminds us, "be quick to listen and slow to speak, and slow to anger." Don't respond before you have had ample time to hear the heart of man.
In chapter thirty-two of the book of Job, we are introduced to a fourth person who appeared to be on the scene with Job and his three friends. He has apparently heard the entire dialogue but because he was younger than all the rest present he "let days speak, and many years teach wisdom (vs 7)." However, there came a point where the Spirit of God could no longer be contained. Elihu rebukes Job for speaking against the goodness of God and rebukes his friends for accusing Job of sin they had no proof of. He makes a marvelous case of the sovereignty and goodness of God before them. He essentially says, don't speak of God hasn't given you a clear insight. His final words to all of them are found in Job 37:24 (ESV): "Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit."
Wow! The Spirit of God can speak through anyone who is willing to listen and discern the heart of a matter. As we consider the days in which we are living, the fear and chaos that exists we as believers should be doing a lot of listening, and only speaking as the Spirit of God lead us. Don't speak without His inspiration for you will only make matters worse and make yourself look like a fool! Wait on God to give the answer. And never feel like He can't use you for any reason. Don't discredit who you are or who God called you to be in such a time as this. Remember, God spoke through a donkey so he can certainly use you! Amen?
Father, thank You for the wisdom we find in Your Word daily. Although it was written over a span of fifteen hundred years by forty different authors it is incredibly relevant in our daily lives. Your Holy Spirit makes it alive to us. Help us to discipline ourselves and be quick to listen but give us also the boldness to speak when its time. We wanna be used by You and bring fame to Your name all the days of lives so have Your way in us we pray, in Jesus' name, amen.