“If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him? … If you are righteous, what do you give to him?” (v6-7). Trying to defend God, Elihu gets it exactly wrong. Job’s story opened with a demonstration of how much God cared about Job’s righteousness. Job’s loyalty to God was a frustration to Satan; Job’s troubles were a test to see if Job would walk away from God when his life fell apart. Far from being detached, God cared deeply about Job’s life.
Like Job, we are often in the dark about why things happen to us. But we can be sure that God is “familiar with all our ways” and our choices matter to Him (Psalm 139).