Job 35:10 “But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;”
In looking at these words it is important that we are clear on the context. These verses were not spoken bravely from a heart of faith by Job. Instead they were spoken by Elihu who has remained silent all this time. In noting 32:1-4 we see that Elihu has respectfully listened to these men who were obviously senior to him. He has been polite and respectful because of their age.
Job 32:1-4 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.
It was in listening to these men that Elihu learned a very important lesson. The simple fact that a man may be of great age does not mean that he will be wise. Age does not mean that a person knows all the answers. Notice the words he spoke in the next verses. Elihu was respectful enough to wait even though they were not making any progress.
Job 32:5-7 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled. And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not show you mine opinion. I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
He finally spoke and what he said was a rebuke for their failure to bring God into the conversation. For 30 chapters these men had been bickering back and forth and not one time do you see anyone saying, “Hey fellas, let’s pray about this.” No, they were doing it all on their own. One rule of thumb in this life that we live is that we never assume to answer where we do not understand ourselves. We face trials and situations that we may never yet have faced and we don’t know what to do or what to expect. We have friends who face things that we have not and yet we often find ourselves giving advice as if we know exactly what they are going through, how they feel and why they are suffering the things they are. All the while we fail to think that wisdom comes from God and we should go to Him first for the answers, and then relay the answers that He gives. This is the act of wisdom, seeking God for the answers. None of these men did so.
All this time these men had groped, discussed, grasped and grabbed at Job and never once given anything to help him. And poor Job in his own self pity was so busy defending himself that he didn’t even think to pray.
Have you ever been there? I’m afraid I have. So caught up in your troubles, so caught by surprise that you can’t even think to pray? If I were a gambling man I believe it would be a safe bet that we have all been there.
Look again at our text.
“But none sayeth, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;”
If you were to look up that word “night” you would find it to mean several different things…
…between sunset and sunrise…
…close of life, death…
…adversity, affliction, distress…
…obscurity, hidden from eye or mind…
It is in short, a time of darkness, whether mental, physical, psychological or spiritual.
Songs in the Night
There are some times that we need help, we need something because we can do nothing. We need to remember the one who can make us sing n the midst of the darkness. God was able to do this for Jonah in the belly of the great fish, and He was able to do it for Paul and Silas in the prison stocks at midnight. And God is able to do the same for us. We simply need to call on Him when we need Him. God is good enough for us…
I. When worldly cares weigh us down with fear…
If you will recall Ruth was in a strange land and had great responsibility thrust upon here by circumstances that were totally beyond her control. Her husband had died, her father in law had died, and she was left with the care of her mother in law on her shoulders. Imagine the pain, the pressure that she was under. Life had dealt her some cruel blows and yet she was determined to do what was right. She finds herself in a new land among strangers with no job and all kind of responsibilities. But she is willing to do what it takes to fulfill her obligations. No doubt it was fearful, and the work was very difficult. But she was willing to do what she had to to fulfill her responsibilities.
There may come a time in your life that you don’t know how you are gonna make your next payment. You may not know where your next meal is coming from. It may be a hard and a difficult time in your life and you just don’t know what to do.
Look at Ruth. She went to her kinsman redeemer in the dark of the night and placed herself at his feet. She went to the only one who was able to do for her what she stood in need of. Her fate lay in his hands, you might say. No doubt she was afraid of what might happen if he denied her and sent her on her way. But she went and there she gained audience with him and asked him for help. Can you imagine how she must have felt when she heard him say, “fear not… I will”? I truly believe she was excited. She had gone from fearful and doubting to having a song in her heart, rejoicing. She probably sang all the way back to Naomi. She was so excited that Naomi had to calm her down. Notice Naomi’s response to Ruth’s excitement. (Rth 3:18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.)
There was now a song in her heart which betrayed the joy of knowing that her kinsman redeemer had promised to do for her all that she needed.
Rth 3:8-11 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast showed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
Well friend, we have a Kinsman Redeemer that knows our needs. If we will but ask Him he will take care of our needs. We may not always get what we want but He will see to it that we get what we need. He instructed us to pray about these daily needs. “Give us this day our daily bread.” And He told us to ask and it shall be given, seek, and we shall find, and knock and it shall be opened. At those times when we don’t know what to expect next, we should remember to go to our Redeemer and ask for His help. He will always do for us exactly what we need most.
II. When our enemies have us in fear…
If you consider Gideon in Judges 7:10-15
Jdg 7:10-15 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host. And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude. And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshiped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
Gideon was leading a band of 300 men against an army of thousands. He could see the multitudes of the enemy soldiers preparing to come against them in battle and he was afraid because they were so badly outnumbered. In plain old country language he saw that the enemy had them outnumbered and outgunned. Israel, in the world’s eyes was no match for the foes before them. Consider this man’s predicament and the thoughts that must have been running through his mind. He needed something and God knew that he was afraid. God did not rebuke him for his fear, instead God wanted to give him something to cause this fear to subside and allow Gideon to do a great and mighty work for the whole world to see that God was with His chosen people.
In our day, as children of God it is easy to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the enemies that are round about us. There are numerous organizations and groups that hate what we believe and what we stand on. This can be discouraging. In looking at the political climate today, Christianity is struggling not to be pushed out of our society. So few of professing Christendom are willing to stand today for fear of persecution by our many opponents. Our rights are constantly being taken away. Our bible is being attacked. Our government is trying to deny us the simple and basic right to preach what we believe from the scriptures while allowing Satanists and anti- Christian organizations and religions free reign in the public arena, because we are supposed to be a nation of “Religious Freedom”. Only up to the point of being Christian. Then we Christians are told that we are violating the rights of every one else in the nation by simply exercising our own. It does get discouraging, and it does seem that we are badly outnumbered. But read the whole book and you will find in the last chapters that Jesus is going to win in the end and there is nothing that the world or the devil can do about it. I think of Gideon every time I consider the numbers of people against us today. At the same time I am reminded of another time in scripture that we are reminded that God will not be beaten by numbers or might. Look with me at Elisha.
2Ki 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Here we have Elisha and his servant sought out and surrounded by an entire army. We see that Elisha’s servant got pretty excited by the situation and God had to help him. Can you imagine the joy at seeing the multitudes of God’s host about them and prepared to fight on their behalf? Oh, friends it is a wonderful feeling when we go from saints go marchin in” and God can do it for us. We must not allow our circumstances to cause us to forget the one who gives songs in the night. Not only does God have everything under control but He has never ceased to be the Master of any situation. I’m glad thank God that He is still in control, and I am His.
And God is still able to comfort and strengthen us in whatever situations or conditions life may throw at us. Praises be to God for His provision for ourlives.
III. When we are in fear of the unknown…
There do come times in our lives that there is no way that we can imagine what to do. There are times that are so difficult for us that we are unable to understand and absolutely at a loss as to how to deal with them. One of these times I believe we see best illustrated for us in the twenty third chapter of the book of Luke…
Luk 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
If ever there has been a person who had opportunity to be in fear of the unknown and with absolutely no hope of changing the circumstances that they were in, it was this thief. He was at the end of his life and he knew that nothing he could do would change that. But somewhere in the things that he had been witnessing, the words that he had been hearing, the blessed Holy Spirit of God had spoken to his heart and he looked at this Man between himself an the other thief. There was something different about this man. He must be who He claimed to be! And in the darkest time of his life this poor wretch in repentance spoke to the Saviour. Imagine how he must have felt.
I can remember when I first got saved. I did not care what happened to me I was too happy at being a child of God. The thrill of being one of His was too much to be suppressed when I got saved. Can you remember when you got saved? It was a lot different then, wasn’t it? It was at that point that if God had required, we could have laid down our lives gladly for Him. It took time for us to grow as cold as we are now. Imagine this poor man at the end of his days. He has suddenly experienced the joy of becoming a child of God. No greater joy!!! And he was able to look at death with the thought of being with Jesus in Paradise. What a way to go out of this world, with the joy of our conversion fresh in our hearts and our minds fixed on Him. I believe that thief was filled with a song in the darkest time of his life. He spoke to the One Who gives songs in the night and was filled with a song of joy to leave this life with. What a wonderful thought.
Friend, you may be facing a time such as you have never faced in your life. You may be waiting for the inevitable end of the life of someone dear to you as the result of some terrible illness. You may be facing the end of your own life as the result of some terrible illness. God is still able to comfort you and take you home with joy and peace in your heart. Don’t let the devil have the satisfaction of keeping you distracted. Don’t fail to call on the One Who can help you at this time. When you are about to go some way you have never gone before and don’t know what to expect of what to do, go to the One Who gives songs in the night. God can and God will, give His children what they need to leave this world in peace.
There have been those that I have had the privilege of seeing on their deathbed and ready to go home. I will never forget one dear friend in particular. I was about to go out of town and I told him affectionately to hang on, I would be back in a few days. He told me, “Bro. Jay, don’t worry about seeing me again down here. If you don’t see me down here again, we’ll see each other again up yonder.” Sadly, for myself, this friend died a few hours before I got back to see him one last time. But happily we will be together again one day. He was one who had a song in his heart. God had given him peace and for months of terrible sickness his prayer was that God would help him to be a good witness with what little time he had left. Oh, friend, that we could all keep in mind that we have a friend who gives songs in the night. I remember one saint on their death bed with their hands up in praise. Hallelujah to God for His peace.
Look again at our text. Elihu was letting them know that they should have gone to God in the first place. Go to the One Who can help, no matter what. Are you facing trouble? Go to God now, don’t wait and suffer unnecessarily. Face your troubles with a song in your heart and a prayer on your lips. God bless.