…Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night? Job 35:10
Several nights ago I had one of those nights that we all experience from time to time. For me, it was intense pain. Determining my pain wasn’t fatal, I decided to wait until morning to call for help. Even though I was suffering, I called on the One who brings us songs no matter what we call our darkness. He was there, and he brought peace in spite of the pain.
For whatever reason, we’ve built up a strong dislike for darkness. It seems almost inherent that from childhood we imagine the monsters who live in the darkness and who are waiting to do us harm. Fairy tales foster that belief, and old houses with creaky floors affirm it.
But Solomon tells us that “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.” (I Kings 8:12) Did you note that the reference quantifies the darkness as thick? Thick, intense darkness. To me that signifies that no matter how dark our circumstances, God is there.
What kind of darkness surrounds you? Financial, relational, physical, emotional…? You don’t have to wait until the sun comes up. God is there.
Father, thank you for your comforting presence wherever we are in our circumstances. We trust you to give us songs in our nights, and we await that joy that comes in the morning. AMEN.