October 12, 2020 DCLM Daily Manna Devotional :- A CRY AT “MIDNIGHT”
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2020
A CRY AT “MIDNIGHT”
TEXT: Job 30:15-31
“Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.” – (Job 30:25,26)
Midnight is a time people are supposed to be sleeping in their homes under normal circumstances. It is a time of “third watch” in Israel and near East. It is a time believers ought to “watch and pray” because it is also the time the powers of darkness are mostly active. But “midnight” can also mean a time of intense suffering, difficulties and discouragement. Many saints of God like Job, Jeremiah, Elijah, Moses and so on, all went through ‘midnight’ experiences.
Here, we see the lamentations of Job, who could not understand the reason(s) for his travails. His three friends that had come to comfort him did not help matters. Out of extreme exasperation he cried out, “Terrors are turned upon me… days of affliction have taken hold upon me…By the great force of my disease is my garment changed… I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me…Thou art become cruel to me.”
The sufferings of the righteous have been the subject of great debates among God’s people. Here, Job who actually was a righteous person and had wept “for him that was in trouble”, whose soul had been “grieved for the poor” could not understand why he had to go through all that he was going through. In life generally, many things happen that man does not understand. But the solution has always been to trust God who knows all things and has power over all things.
The case of Job was peculiarly difficult because he did not know that it was not God but Satan that brought those evil on him. However, God has promised that His people will not be tempted above what they can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). But let the believer make sure he is not suffering for sin or unbelief, because God will always moderate everything He allows for His glory.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Tough times are not for ever; wade through to the next level.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: