Most people are scared to read the book of Job because they think God will force them to live it out. Or if they do start reading it, any little challenge they face in life, they like to blame on their reading of Job. “Well, I did just start reading Job, so no wonder the traffic is so bad…”
Although Job is an incredibly rich book that touches on the most basic of human experiences, suffering, I want to look at a different theme.
As Job suffers, his friends circle in for comfort, but end up railing him for his harsh, but honest take on his situation. Toward the end of the book (Chapter 32), one of his younger friends, Elihu, speaks up. He starts by sharing a similar feeling many of us may have felt before. Maybe you can relate to our buddy, Eli…
“And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: ‘I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. I said, Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’”
— Job 32:6-7 (ESV) —
For a while, as he watched the scene unfold, he stayed quiet. He gave into the same temptation many of us give into: he thought he was too young and inexperienced. I’ve been there. I started a youth group when I was sixteen and planted a church when I was twenty-five. Now I’m thirty-five, and even still, many of the people I lead are older than I am. The temptation to believe the lie that my age removes my wisdom or influence is real.
Don’t believe the lie! Let’s listen into Elihu’s next sentence…
“But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.”
— Job 32:6-8 (ESV) —
Your ministry and influence has never been about you. It’s always been about the Spirit and the breath of the Almighty that is in you. Paul told Timothy not to let people look down on him because he was young. Thousands of years earlier, Elihu learned the same thing.
Are you scared to share your faith?
Are you intimidated to lead?
Do you feel unqualified because of your youthfulness or inexperience?
Are you facing tough questions?
Do you feel like you don’t have the right answers?
Through Jesus, you have the Spirit of God and the breath of the Almighty!Be confident in your calling and speak up as the Lord leads. Whatever God has called you to He has equipped you for.
K E V I N • M I L L E R