God’s Songs in the Night
5 June 2022 PM – Job 32-37 – Job2022 – Scott Childs
Introduction: As you study the book of Job, a question you will inevitably ask is “Who was Elihu?” He was not one of Job’s friends. He was a young man. He seems a bit cocky. Why did God not rebuke him as He did Job’s three friends? His view of suffering is distinct from that of the three friends, and his view of God is higher than theirs. (Zuck, 141) “The three counsellors had claimed that Job was suffering because he was sinning, but Elihu explained that he was sinning because he was suffering! … The triad diagnosis pertained to sinful actions in Job’s past experiences, whereas Elihu’s diagnosis dealt with sinful attitudes in Job’s present life.” (Ibid) Evidently, Elihu spoke truth and prepared Job for the conversation God was about to have with him.
In Job 35:10, we read, “But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night?” Night here pictures the dark, painful, trials and burdens of life. God alone can give songs of joy during the dark of night. Like Job, during trials, we may fail to look for the songs God gives in the night.
Transition: As we consider an overview of Elihu’s words to Job, I want us to see three important truths that will lead us to “God’s songs in the night” when we are afflicted.
God’s direction gives us a song in the night (Job 33)