以利户的话令人鼓舞。 “造我的神在哪里？他使人夜间歌唱”（35:10）神确实创造了黑夜，但他也给了我们度过黑夜的歌。这让我想起一首优美的歌曲“看不見的時候”。 “看不見的時候，主向我要信心。暴风雨的夜里，主向我要歌声”。这就像在我们生活中最黑暗的时候，神问我们：“孩子，你为什么不唱我给你的歌呢？”，“难道你忘了，我总要给你们开一条出路，叫你们能忍受得住吗？“（林前10:13）。也许这就是以利户所说 “神借着困苦救拔困苦人” 的意思吧（伯36:15）。困苦本身实际上是神用来救拔我们的手段，因为“灵里贫穷的人有福了，因为天国是他们的。”（太5:3）。
Job 35 [Read]
Job 36 [Read]
Job 37 [Read]
Acts 14 [Read]
The early snow storm of October, 2011 in Connecticut was an unforgettable event, for we were without electricity for 9 straight days. The cold autumn air of New England did not seem to care that we were without heat, and it continued to sieve through the window sill. Our room temperature at one point was approaching 55 degree. However, the thing really bothered me was the darkness we had to endure. The first couple of days were tolerable, for we were hopeful that the electricity would be back soon. Towards the end of the first week, we were getting desperate for the end was nowhere in sight. Every evening the sun set, my heart seemed to sink with it.
While we try to relate to the suffering Job endured throughout his ordeal, maybe we should also factor in the feeling of hopelessness he must have felt under the circumstances. If he had indeed committed sins as his three friends suggested, he could at lease repent and asked for God’s forgiveness. Hopefully, the suffering would be over and he could get back with his life. However, Job had no idea what to repent. This must have contributed to his anger and desperation, for there was simply no end to this darkness of his life.
Something Elihu said was encouraging. “Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night?” (35:10) God did create night, but he also gave songs to get us through the night. It reminds me of a beautiful song called “moment we cannot see”. “In the moments we cannot see, the Lord asks me for faith. In the nights of raging storm, the Lord asks me for songs”. It’s like he is asking us during the darkest moments of our lives: “Child, why aren’t you singing the songs I gave you?” “Have you forgotten that I will always provide a way out so that you can stand up under the temptation?” (1Co 10:13). Maybe this was what Elihu meant by “those who suffer he delivers in (by) their suffering” (Job 36:15). The suffering itself was actually the means God used to deliver us, for “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).
One night during the blackout, I noticed one thing on my way home during the night. I noticed that the stars were extraordinarily bright in the midst of total darkness. Isn’t that interesting?
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