Saturday, August 28, 2021


Today’s Reading: Job 34-35

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A nighttime view of the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Key Verses: Job 35:7, 10

If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand?…But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night?…’


Many questions, but what about answers? Elihu picks up on some of the things Job has said. He points out Job’s statements and then leaves it up to Job to decide whether he is right or wrong. Perhaps we can learn from this. Rather than accusing others of wrong, we can point to God’s thoughts on the matter and the need to consider their actions and reactions toward God. Then we can pray fervently and leave it up to the Holy Spirit to do His work. Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13a). For a fuller description of the work of the Holy Spirit, we may want to take the time to read Jesus’ teaching found in John 16:1-15.

The second key verse speaks of “songs in the night.” God was there for Paul and Silas in jail: “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (see Acts 16:25-34). We may have many questions that seem to be unanswered, but as we are faithful in reading God’s Word, His answers will be revealed.


Lord God, often I come to You in the night hours. I’ve been through what has been called “the dark night of the soul.” Every time You’ve been there to meet me. Sometimes I have had to learn to wait as You are accomplishing Your purposes in my life. I pray for continued grace to listen for Your words of comfort and guidance. In Jesus’ Name I ask this, Amen!!!


A few years ago Norma-Jean and I received a call from Myles Neilson, our 5-year-old Great-grandson, with a question for his Great-grandpa. It was such an important question that I asked my fellow bloggers at the time for suggestions in how to answer him.  These are the events surrounding that phone call…

Myles said on the phone, “I’ve had a very serious talk with my Mom [Sheryl] and it’s important.” At that point Sheryl picked up the phone and said they would like to come over to our apartment. They arrived around 5 p.m. in time for dinner, and I heard the story. Myles had asked his Mom why he did so many bad things, and even though he tried to be good, it didn’t work. Sheryl asked Myles if he had ever asked Jesus to come and live in his heart. He said, “No, and I’d like to do that.” They prayed together and Myles received Jesus. He had a question for me. He asked his Great-grandpa (and he waited until I could write his question down), “When I pray at night, I ask God to help me to listen. I wake up in the morning, but I don’t think God heard me, because I mess up again. God annoys me because He doesn’t help me. What’s wrong?” I made an attempt at responding to Myles, but I want the help of my fellow bloggers. How would you respond to Myles?

When I wrote about this on my blog a few years ago, I received the most responses in the history of (click here to read some of the amazing replies).

Yours for “songs in the night,”


13 thoughts on “Saturday, August 28, 2021

  1. Amazing grace and courage John21:36 Lord give a me grace and courage. Love the story of the puppy and his loving Father. Thank you.

  2. I often ‘suspect’ that this world is both a school and a battlefield.Our mistakes/sins establish our boundaries,if we recognize them and repent.We can’t go back and change them but we can reset them by not repeating them and asking for God’s guidance.We are fighting a spiritual war and the holy Spirit will guide us when we learn to hear Him.Also,when we make mistakes we learn from the results of those mistakes.Could it be that what we learn from our mistakes here will train us for what He has in store for us up there??Food for thought.God bless

    • No consciousness involved in heaven. It is all Spirit. We are human and will continually make mistakes over and over again, here on earth. Even though we aim not to repeat them. It is our human nature.

  3. That was certainly a large response to an important question! I see names responding that were with us over the years. Blessings on all. I wonder how many years the blog has been going. I’m very thankful for it. Thank you all who make this available.

    • It began June 3, 2012 Doreen. If you click on Home at the top of the page, just above the date, then scroll down along the right hand side, you will see all the months of the blog listed. It sure was nice to see old names.

      • Thanks Beverlee. I just got a message from a family of a minister who worked at the Crossroads building in the early years. His wife is having very serious heart surgery on 2 different days this week – Monday & Wednesday. As we get older, invasive surgery can be very serious. Please pray for Judy. Thanks all.

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