Understanding GOD, who gives us ‘SONGS in the NIGHT’
June 4 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 34-36
“Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?” (Job 35:10-11)
In these chapters Elihu is trying to address two critical issues that Job had raised earlier. In response to Job’s charge that God has wrongly afflicted an innocent man, Elihu explains that God’s sovereignty (34:13–15) and omniscience (34:21–28) ensures that God is totally just in His ways. Elihu also argues that neither sin nor righteousness will change God (35:5–7) against Job’s position that righteousness does not garner divine favor! In a nutshell, Elihu openly condemns Job for his foolishness in maintaining that He was innocent and charging God instead!
God has given us wisdom more than animals and birds, so we must call upon God’s mercy and seek the wisdom of our Creator, who gives us “songs” even in hours of darkness. The righteous person who relies upon the providence of God can sing hymns even in affliction like the case of Paul and Silas in the 1st century: "At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God" (Acts 16:25). God has given us a higher nature than the brute “beasts” (35: 11), and this should teach us to carry our burdens to God with a spirit of trust in and commitment to divine providence. If we do not cry out to God humbly and without personal pride, we will not receive an answer from God (35:12). So, what Job needed to do was to stop complaining and turn to God, who alone has the answer to his plight (35:9–11).
Let us always remember that God always loves us deeply and cares for us. God intimately understands the difficulties that we are experiencing in our lives, and always gives us the grace and the strength to go through our trials that allows us to rise above our circumstances. His heart of love is touched by our grief, our sorrows, and our perplexities as He gives us songs in the night! God comforts us in sickness, in disappointment, in poverty, reproach, and distress. God tenderly ministers to us so we can minister and bless others in spite of our circumstances!
God does not sleep in the night as He watches over His children: "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." (Psalms 121:1-4)