Elihu also points out in chapter 35 that “the arrogance of the wicked” is not heard by God (even though He does hear, he chooses not to). Elihu is reminding his listeners that God wants to help and listen to the humble and will not respond when the arrogance and pride of person does not allow them to respond to God correctly. James picks this theme up in his epistle when he quotes Proverbs, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; Proverbs 3:34). This truth is still just as important for us today in the church also. God wants to help us and guide us. But when we become arrogant and look only to ourselves, whether in pride or self-humiliation, God will not respond. We need to truly be humble putting our identity in Jesus and serving others for God.