Do our sins change God? Our sins affect us and the people around us.
8 Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself,
and your righteousness only other people.
I am going to touch on something sensitive but true.
We I am very guilty of this.
9 “People cry out under a load of oppression;
they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?’
12 He does not answer when people cry out
because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13 Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea;
the Almighty pays no attention to it.
The message version says this:
“When times get bad, people cry out for help.
They cry for relief from being kicked around,
But never give God a thought when things go well” (The Message)
One of the students said, “If the water is evaporating from the ocean, then how come rain doesn’t have salt in it?” Well, I knew the scientific answer BUT out of my mouth I may or may not have said “Because God is smart enough to design rain for growing crops and drinking water”. But I love how Elihu used the words “distills it “.
26 How great is God—beyond our understanding!
The number of his years is past finding out.
27 “He draws up the drops of water,
which distill as rain to the streams;
28 the clouds pour down their moisture
and abundant showers fall on mankind.
29 Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds,
how he thunders from his pavilion?
30 See how he scatters his lightning about him,
bathing the depths of the sea.
31 This is the way he governs the nations
and provides food in abundance.
32 He fills his hands with lightning
and commands it to strike its mark.
33 His thunder announces the coming storm;
even the cattle make known its approach.
This is Our God. Trust Him, he can handle anything!