Okay, back to Elihu who is still trying to instruct Job on the way God operates. Having explained the neccessity of God’s Spirit to breath life into the lifeless, Elihu turns his attention to God and the inevitable demise of humanity should God ever choose to withdraw His Spirit away from Creation.
Now, while Elihu’s explanation is intended to show that life is fragile and dependent on God to sustain it, he does not really answer Job’s questions about what has befallen him. Instead, he chooses to sidestep the issue by focusing on the nature of existence and non-existence rather than deal with Job’s more pressing need to understand what has happened to him.
Indeed, many humans in the world still struggle with understanding the tragic outcomes that befall them and their loved ones. However, what is now needed from the Church is for God’s People to show the same generosity of love towards the grieving, irrespective of whether the person continues to love God or turn his face away.