Speaking on God’s Behalf

“Suffer me a little, and I will shew you that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.  I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.  For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with you.”     Job 36:2-4

The author of these words is a little-known young man by the name of Elihu.  This young man was present when Job was visited by his well-known “three friends” who came to encourage him when he was ruined and childless.  Elihu heard the speech of Job and the responses made by the “three friends.” Not satisfied with the self-righteous speech of Job nor with the inadequate responses of the “three friends,” Elihu had chosen to step forward as a critic of both sides.  Elihu is upright, sincere and by what he says, he means well.

Elihu thought it good to speak to men for God.  He could not have been more correct.  He had sat through the speeches of Job and of the “three friends” and no doubt had given considerable thought to the arguments they presented.  It could well be that Elihu laid upon his bed at night thinking of the ruin of this great man.  He may well have agonized over the loss of his friends (Job’s children).  And now his heart has the added burden of having heard these “men of wisdom” speak.  There upon his bed, Elihu speaks with God.  He pours out his heart in prayer with God for men.  Now God touches the heart of Elihu and compels him to seek these men for himself.  He could not leave the audience of these men without passionately speaking on God’s behalf.

Do you speak with men for God?  More important, do you speak with God for men?