Then Job answered and said: “I have heard many such things; Miserable comforters are you all!” Job 16:1-2 NKJV
Job scolds his friends for their lack of mercy. Once again he asserts his innocence.
Job’s friends argue his illness and the death of his children are the result of sin. They aren’t just making accusations. They believe it. That belief is a central part of their religious doctrine.
Job was a leader in his community. He was held in high esteem. He used his standing and reputation to comfort and encourage others. He expected his wife to stand with him in their time of testing. He expected his friends to comfort and encourage him.
Job calls his friends miserable comforters to remind them of what they should be doing. They should be encouraging comforting and consoling their friend. The have completely forgotten why they sought Job out in the first place.
Ten years ago I made commitment to send out these messages. I have kept that commitment. I have also allowed religion to replace relationship. That is what Job’s friends are doing. They are talking a lot about God but not reflecting His character.
Truth is vital to the Christian life. It is not a weapon to beat people over the head with. It must be tempered with love.
We cannot live the Christian life on our own. We need the Lord to form the life of Christ in us. We need Him to live out the life of Christ through us.
We should never throw truth out the window. We should pray for discernment so that we know what to say to people, how to say it and when to say it.
Job’s friends couldn’t take his pain away. They couldn’t bring his money or children back to him. They could have stopped talking and listened to Job. They should have been embarrassed and ashamed when Job called them “Miserable comforters.”
We all make mistakes. We have a sinful nature. We live in a fallen world. If I stopped writing every time I made a mistake I would have stopped a long time ago.
When you make mistakes acknowledge them. Do your best to correct them. Don’t give up. Trust Jesus to sustain you so that you will never give out and never give in!
Job’s friends turned on him in his time of greatest need. His wife abandoned him. He thought God was punishing and tormenting him. People will turn on you. Those you love may break your heart. God will never turn His back on you. He will never abandon you.
On the day of your salvation Jesus freely poured out His mercy and compassion on you. Freely give others what Jesus freely gave you!
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