Once again Elihu speaks in a way that is reminiscent of what we would expect God to say. And yet it also smacks of what the friends of Job said at one time. Look at vss.11-12. We read: “If they listen, and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness. But if they do not listen, they shall perish by the sword, and die without knowledge. “
This is absolutely what we think the world ought to look like. This is exactly the kind of justice we would think God would have. But it is not what we see played out in the world. There is a possibility that Billy Joel is more right than Elihu on this one. Certainly when the young die they get more press. But it causes us to realize that we live our life for Jesus not because he is going to pay us back in long life or riches. We life our life for Jesus simply because we are grateful for the grace that we have been given as a result of His ultimate sacrifice for us.