Passages: Job 32-37; 1st Timothy 4:12
This kid knew how to wait his turn! Elihu is so still in the story that he's not even mentioned until the end. He rebuke strobes three friends and then he rebukes Job. He continues by asserting God's justice, God's greatness and proclaims God's majesty right before God shows up.
I've tried to find Elihu mentioned sooner but I don't see him until he's been patient enough to express his anger. He explains his patience to hear how the other three men would rebuke Job, but was let down gravely. He clarifies his need to speak comes from their lack of wisdom or understanding the Lord
Elihu gives credit to God for his knowledge of the Lord and rebukes Job for justifying himself rather than God. God is greater than man. Elihu reminds them of that and that the Almighty does not pervert justice, He pays each one according to the work of their hands.
Elihu ends by extorting God's greatness and his character. He proclaims God's majesty and righteousness and God shows up right after. In chapter 38. Elihu shows an attitude much like what Paul describes in his letter to Timothy.
I'm encouraged to find the gift of understanding isn't something reserved for those who go to seminary; to see God doesn't discriminate and reveals himself to those who seek him, humbly with their whole heart. Elihu was disciplined in you who created him very well, he knew what to say when the wisdom of the aged had failed.