Tuesday, 8 May 2018
We can sing in the dark. ( Job 35 v10 )
The book of Job is about a man who suffered greatly,during his time of suffering ,four people spoke to him ,the last one was a young man who like many young people thinks he knows more than others, his name was Elihu,like the other three characters ,his assessment as to why Job suffered is somewhat lacking,David Atkinson speaks of his cold rationalism, when one is suffering we do not need cold rationalism,yet he does say something,that goes further than cold rationalism, and it is found in Chapter 35 v 10,speaking of God,'who gives songs in the night'.consider how true those words are,for many hymns and Christians songs, have been written by people who were suffering. Joseph Scriven who wrote ,'What a friend we have in Jesus',suffered two severe blows in his life. he was engaged to two ladies,( not at the same time )and just before he was about to marry them they both died. . John Bunyan who penned the words,'He who would valiant be' suffered the loss of his first wife, he also had a little blind daughter,he was imprisoned for many years, for preaching the gospel A study of many hymns would show that those who wrote them received from God , songs in the night. A prayer. Dear Lord grant us a song in the night ,in our dark night experiences , in your name we ask this , Amen.