Most of the book of Job is a long conversation among Job and three of his friends. When the younger Elihu finally speaks, his words are marked with awe and wonder. In a sense he is appalled with the matter-of-fact manner the others had discussed God and His ways. He begins with rebuke, but he concludes with worship:
At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place.
Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
to the rumbling that comes from his mouth...
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding...
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;
in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
What happens as soon as Elihu finishes speaking? God shows up! I find it poignant and instructive that His presence never manifested while folks were debating the finer points of righteousness, sin, judgment, and suffering. But when the worshiper began to speak, when God was spoken of with wonder and reverence, He appeared on the scene--immediately.
Does your conversation about God invite His presence?
What a wonderful time of year Christmas is! Our family loves the decorations and lights, the Christmas movies and music, the food, and the time with loved ones. We also cherish the opportunity to celebrate what the gift of Jesus has meant to us and to history. If you join us in reflecting on the year that is closing, we know you will see the faithfulness of God at every turn.
Much love and joy to your family this Christmas season!