Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 33

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: A Young Man Answer Job (c 32-37)
Message: Elihu Speaks to Job (v 1-22)

Job 33 Commentary

(33:13) Trusting God in the Midst of Adversity - Being informed brings a sense of security. It's natural to want to know what's happening in our lives. Job wanted to understand what was going on, why he was suffering. In previous chapters, we sense his frustration. Elihu claimed to have the answer for Job's biggest question, "Why doesn't God tell me what is happening?" Elihu told Job that God was trying to answer him but that he was not listening. Elihu misjudged God on this point. If God were to answer all our questions, we would not be adequately tested. What if God had said, "Job, Satan's going to test you and afflict you, but in the end you'll be healed and restored"? Perhaps Job's greatest test was not the pain but rather that he did not know why he was suffering. Our greatest test may be that we must trust God's goodness even though we don't understand why our lives are going a certain way. We must learn to trust in God, who is good, and not in the goodness of life.

(33:14-24) Elihu Accuses Job - Elihu's point was that God had spoken repeatedly and in different ways. He spoke in dreams and visions (33:15-18), through suffering (33:19-22), and by messengers (or mediating angels) (33:23-24). Job already knew that. Elihu was accusing Job of not listening to God, which was not true.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Simply Trust Him

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 33. In our text today we see Elihu continuing to give his advice to Job. In the conversation we see Job wanting to know what was going on. What was happening to Him. In making application we see common question in our lives. "God what are you doing in my life?" We want to know because it brings us a since of security and a feeling of control. The truth is we simply need to trust the Lord in what He is doing. His ways are not our ways and He will reveal what you need when you need to know. For some of us this is hard to comprehend. We want to be in control but the Lord want us to have a childlike faith in Him. How about you? Do you have this total dependence in the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Job to remember that even when we don't understand what God is doing in our lives we are to simply trust Him.


Job 33

Job 33

 1Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.

 2Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

 3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

 4The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

 5If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.

 6Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.

 7Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.

 8Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

 9I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

 10Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,

 11He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

 12Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

 13Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

 14For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

 15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

 16Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

 17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

 18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

 19He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:

 20So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.

 21His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.

 22Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.

 23If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:

 24Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

 25His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:

 26He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

 27He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;

 28He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

 29Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,

 30To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

 31Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.

 32If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.

 33If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.