Job 32: 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. 4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. 5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.
Elihu seems like a solid guy. I appreciate his respect for his elders and his willingness to learn from their wisdom gained through age and experience. Unfortunately, their age and experience didn't end up gaining them a lot of wisdom, at least not in this situation. But when he saw that they were wrong, he didn't allow his age to prevent him from speaking up.
Elihu also didn't just give Job a free pass, but also confronted him on his self-centered, rather than God-centered attitude.
I want to be willing to wait patiently for others to speak, defer to others when they have greater wisdom, be respectful of others, and yet also be willing to speak the truth courageously.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Job 34-36, Revelation 20