“For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him” (v11). In many other situations, Elihu’s theory works very well, as the proverbs teach us. Our actions have consequences, both earthly and spiritual. However, Job’s life didn’t follow that pattern (at least not all the time), and therefore he questioned the point of serving God, which made Elihu furious (v9). Job’s questions were honest, and so was Elihu’s exasperated response: “God will not do wickedly” (v12).
“What man is like Job …?” (v7). Elihu rejected Job’s questions and anger, but God did not. Our Creator is big enough to handle our worst fears and doubts.