A SONG FOR THE NIGHT
There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do.
I could search for all eternity long
And find there is none like You
Your mercy flows like a river wide
And healing comes from Your hands
Suffering children are safe in Your arms
There is none like You.
A very dear group of women who are seeking God to reveal Himself on a personal journey are reading through the Bible this year together and sharing online what lingers in their hearts. I have the privilege of studying with these twenty women, and I cannot begin to tell you the intimate things God is revealing to me as His Word jumps off the page and into the realities of my life. Then, on Mondays, I get to see how mightily He is stirring these other godly women’s hearts in beautiful and unique ways. If you want a rich blessing, go see Bev’s deep heart for Him at Keep on Believing each Monday. It is a rich and very intimate journey we are on that rouses my soul, overtaken with His love for us, despite ourselves.
In a few words, this study is a sweet gift to my heart each week, and the journey is almost too personal at times to put to words. It stirs my heart and shakes my beliefs. It brings me to my knees often in pure reverence and conviction, but with a hope of such blessed restoration unto Him. This week, we finish up Job and move on to Genesis. Though Genesis 11-21 is full of nuggets, for brevity’s sake (don’t laugh—this is brief for me) I will stay with my thoughts on Job.
Listen, for the Lord is speaking. Elihu speaks and he’s the junior senator from the land of Uz. He is quiet but can’t remain silent any longer in Job 32:18. The Spirit in me rises up and I can’t keep my lips shut. He basically tells Job to be quiet and listen so he can hear God. God is not silent. “Though men may not perceive it.” (Job 33:14) How often we miss God because we are not quiet. In Job 38:1, “Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm.” THEN, – The Lord waits for all to speak. He answered Job OUT of the storm. The Lord ANSWERED –He responds to our suffering. He is there and He answers. Every word in this verse is a promise and Truth of God. FINALLY He steps in. Anybody else? Finally. How often we feel God’s timing is late but it is after we have railed and said our piece, and how can we hear God anyway in our grumbling? But when everyone finally gets still, THEN the Lord ANSWERED Job—but, not as we would expect with reprimand but to reveal His beautiful and mighty character to Job.
Whatever happened to letting God be judge? Job 34—Elihu then turns to the other men and says, who are we to judge? He reminds them, “Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.” So often, I am quick to judge all in the name of discernment, sharing my opinion. It often comes from a place of arrogantly assuming I’ve been there, when I really haven’t walked in their proverbial shoes at all. I’d rather my merciful God be my judge any day that my peers, like Job had to endure.
He gives songs in the night. (35:10) Night is when our troubles multiply. Things are just worse in the dark. He gives us songs to comfort us. This reminds me of Paul and Silas praying and singing in the jail around midnight, when they had been beaten so badly. Don’t you know in their distress and pain, they could not sleep, so they sang. Just like Job probably had so many sleepless nights in pain, when we can’t sleep, He gives songs in the night.
His Ways are not comprehendible. (Job 37) Even if we knew the why about our circumstances, chances are our small minds couldn’t wrap around it. All we really need to do is look and see His power and know He is in control even when the answers to all the whys in the world make no sense. They are unfolding according to a bigger and much grander plan than we can comprehend or imagine. (1 Cor. 2:9)
God wants to reveal His glory and His love to us. As Job finally surrendered his righteousness and self indignation, God restored him. God revealed his incomparable character and Job was brought to his knees. Through Job’s loss, and finally his repentance and humbling, God refined Job to a place where He could send life abundant. We aren’t meant to figure life out on our own. God wants to father us. The truth is, he has been fathering us for a long time we just haven’t had the eyes to see it. He wants to father us more intimately, but we have to be in a posture to receive it. May we have eyes to see and hearts to receive Him.