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“May you and I be considerate of everyone we meet.” (07/09/20)

Please read Job 15 through 17. If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Job 15 there was a second round of conversations between Job and his friends.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, this time Eliphaz seemed even more rude, more intense and more threatening in his remarks to Job. 

Something to think about

It seemed Eliphaz said nothing new. He shared no words of comfort to Job.

Something to experience

It seemed Eliphaz didn’t think too much of Job’s thoughts and feelings.  Hopefully we will show more sympathy and compassion to our friends and not so much opinion and advice. 

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In Job 16:2 Job referred to his friends as “miserable comforters” with “long-winded speeches” that “never end.”

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Job’s friends should have been comforting him, but instead they were causing him distress.

Something to think about

Job’s friends were talking but not listening.  They were giving pat answers not answers Job needed.  They were accusing and criticizing not encouraging and helping.  They were not trying to see Job’s difficulties through his eyes. 

Something to experience

Job needed comforting.  The best comforters are those who know something about personal suffering.  If you’ve never experienced a similar situation perhaps a listening ear would be the best you can offer. 

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In Job 17 though Job’s friends were prosperous and successful most of their advice was pretty useless.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Job’s friends didn’t show much wisdom.

Something to think about

Obviously these three friends had a faulty view of wisdom.  Perhaps they assumed wisdom came with being wealthy and successful. The truly wise man knows that wisdom comes from God above, not from human successes or failures. 

Something to experience

Our earthly success and prosperity are not proof of our faith in God.  Likewise, our trouble and affliction do not prove our faithlessness. 

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Prayer

Lord I pray we will listen to and empathize with those going through troubles.  I pray we will show more sympathy and compassion to our friends and not give our opinion and our advice (James 1:19 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will listen to others’ problems.    I pray we will comfort those who are experiencing difficulties (II Corinthians 1:3-4 AMP).  Lord I pray we will not judge whether someone is being faithful or unfaithful to You by what is happening to them at the moment. I pray we will encourage them to hope in You (Hebrews 11:1 AMP; Galatians 5:22 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I encourage those experiencing difficulties to hope in God.” <>< Dona