“Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”
Elihu answers a question Job didn’t really ask (but the prodigal son’s older brother did—see Luke 15): How am I better off than if I had sinned? His answer: our righteousness or wickedness doesn’t affect God, only ourselves and other people. God stands above it all; God despises no one (36:5), but invites all to listen and serve him (36:11). Listening and responding versus ignoring and cherishing anger (36:13) are what distinguishes the wicked from the righteous.
Elihu warns against the temptation to scoff (36:18), which has been Job’s primary concern all along. God is great; his years unsearchable (36:26); he controls even the weather (36:27-33).
2 Corinthians 12
There has been a great deal of speculation on Paul’s thorn in the flesh (v 7-8). Whatever the specifics, it leads to a wonderful sound bite from God: “My grace is sufficient for you, for [my] power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9). More synchronicity with Job.
Whatever it is, the thorn was “to keep me from being too elated” based on spiritual experiences that “no mortal is permitted to repeat.” Paul’s boasting-yet-not-boasting, being a “fool,” continues as he comments on competitors for the Corinthians’ faith and discipleship.
The key point: “Everything we do, beloved, is for the sake of building you up.”