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February 26 – Old men aren’t always right

Job 32: 9 Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.

Scripture reading: Job 32:2-9

Elihu, the younger of Job’s friends, was listening as Job’s other three friends railed against Job. He also suspected Job was in the wrong and was being judged by God, but he realized the older men were not theologically accurate in their condemnation of Job. This infuriated him. He expected so much better from these “very old” men.

But as you begin to hear him speak, Elihu makes the same kinds of allegations of wrongdoing against Job as the old men did. He just made his accusations in a kinder way. He pleaded with Job not to think he was innocent of sinning against God. He accused Job of lying. He implied Job was saying he was more righteous than God. He assumed Job was guilty and that Job was accusing God of being unjust.

Even as you gather to worship today, older preachers with lots of experience and dignified clothes aren’t necessarily correct, and young preachers, with all their new digital study aids and contemporary expressions, can be incorrect as well.

Instead, listen to the one who promotes the cause of Christ, who focuses on the cross, who proves unclear passages with clear passages and shows a good understanding of the whole system of truth in the Scriptures. A godly preacher carefully and personally applies the passages of Scripture and focuses on God’s love for the saints and on the glory of God.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that God will raise up more preachers who value truth and faithful application of the Scripture.

Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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