Tag: Job 15-17

Miserable comforters!

Scripture reading for May 23rd: Job 15-17

I had a friend whose twin brother had cancer.  This friend was a newer Christian and we belonged to a church that was into the hyper-faith message.  Some in the church told my friend that if he had enough faith, his brother would not die.  In a few months, the brother did pass away and some told him it was because of his lack of faith.  Their words were not comforting.

Isn’t it amazing how we can see the faults of another person and feel we have the solution!  Theologians and students of the Bible often become proud concerning what they know and forget that what they are studying is God’s heart and His way!   Job’s friends again attacked his character and accused him of a lack of understanding of God.  (Job 15:3-5)  Job was told that his sin had caused his mouth to be crafty and deceitful.  He was accused of being impure and therefore under God’s wrath. (Job 15:30)

Job’s response to this further accusation was to label his friends “miserable comforters”.  (Job 16:2)  Job needed encouragement and understanding.  He needed someone to pray with him and seek God’s help.  Job was in despair over these latest accusations and the trouble he was experiencing.  He wondered why God had shattered him and broken him.  He stated that his advocate was also on high and his witness was in heaven.  (Job 16:19)  Job knew that although his physical state was broken, God still loved him and would help him.

I realize that I have been the “miserable comforter” to some!  It is easy to have glib answers and quote standard Bible texts.  God wants us to have His heart of compassion for the hurting and downcast.  We must listen to them and hear their heart.  Often this is the best thing we can do!  We must allow the Holy Spirit speak through us and address the real needs as He alone knows.  My prayer today is that I would be sensitive to each hurting person that I encounter and that God would use me to be a true friend!

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Miserable comforters!

Scripture reading for May 23rd: Job 15-17

I had a friend whose twin brother had cancer.  This friend was a newer Christian and we belonged to a charismatic church that was into the hyper-faith message.  Some in the church told my friend that if he had enough faith, his brother would not die.  In a few months, the brother did pass away and some in the church told him it was because of his lack of faith.  They were sincere believers in Christ but they missed God somehow, and caused this grieving brother to stumble!  Their words were not comforting, but condemning and judgmental.

In today’s reading Job’s friends again try to help him see his faults.  It is amazing how we can see the faults of another person and easily recommend the remedy!  Theologians and students of the Bible often get proud about what they know and forget that what they are studying is God’s heart and ways, not that of another person!   Job’s friends attacked his character and accused him of a lack of understanding of God.  (Job 15:3-5)   He was accused of being impure and therefore under God’s wrath. (Job 15:30)

Job’s response to these accusations was to label his friends “miserable comforters”.  (Job 16:2)  Job needed encouragement and understanding.  He needed someone to pray with him and seek God’s help and answers.  Job was in despair over these latest accusations.  He wondered why God had broken and crushed him.  He was depressed but stated that his advocate was on high and his witness was in heaven.  (Job 16:19)  Job knew by revelation and faith that although his physical state was broken, God still loved him and would help him.

As I think on this passage, I realize that I have been the “miserable comforter” to some.  Sometimes it is easy to have glib answers and quote standard Bible texts.  God wants us to have His heart of compassion for the hurting and downcast.  We must listen to them and hear their heart.  Sometimes this alone is the best thing we can do.  We must seek to allow the Holy Spirit speak through us and address the real needs.  What is on the surface is not always the real issue.  My prayer today is that I would be sensitive to each hurting person that I encounter and that God would use me to be a true friend!

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Miserable Comforters

Scripture reading for May 24th: Job 15-17

Have you ever gone to a doctor for a check up and gotten a bad report?  I talked with a person the other day who went to a doctor for help with a problem and after the tests were run, the trusted doctor told this person there was no hope.   The doctor suggested funeral arrangements and getting affairs in order to die!  The doctor was trying to share what he understood from the tests, but God always has the last word!  By the way, that was thirty years ago and this person is still going on in faith!

Job endured some similar attempts by friends to help him!  Job was told by his wife to curse God and die.   (Job2:9)   Job was told by his friends that he must have been involved in some terrible sin to be in the circumstances he was in.   At times, his own emotions brought him to depression and a desire to die. (Job 10:18-19)  Job cried out, “miserable comforters are you all!”  (Job 16:2b)  All of this was part of an attempt by Satan to get Job to deny his faith in God and give in to the circumstances and pressure of those who were judging him.

Deep inside, even though tormented by all these accusations, Job holds to his integrity.  He declares his hands free from violence and his prayer as pure.  (Job 16:16-22)  He knows that he has a witness in heaven who knows the truth and will plead with God for him.  He knows that his time on earth is short, but his cry has come before God.  Where did these thoughts come from?  What did Job see or hear in the natural that might have given this understanding?

God works on the inside of man by revelation.  He shows us through faith this unseen world that is more real, being eternal, than the temporary one we live in.  When we choose to place our trust in God, He enlightens the “eyes of our understanding” in the inner man.  We know that God is for us and that One intercedes for us today, Jesus Christ, the Righteous one!  (Romans 8:31-34)  The Spirit also helps us to pray and is our true comforter!  (Romans 8:26-27)  Though man may fail us, God is our comfort and strength!

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Miserable comforters!

Scripture reading for May 23rd: Job 15-17

I had a friend whose twin brother had cancer.  This friend was a newer Christian and we belonged to a charismatic church that was into the hyper-faith message.  Some in the church told my friend that if he had enough faith, his brother would not die.  In a few months, the brother did pass away and some in the church told him it was because of his lack of faith.  They then went with him to the funeral home and tried to raise this brother from the dead.  They were sincere believers in Christ, but they missed God somehow, and caused this grieving brother to stumble because of their misguided beliefs!  Their words were not comforting, but condemning.

In today’s reading Job’s friends take on another round of trying to help him  see his faults.  Isn’t it amazing how we can see the faults of another person and feel that we can clearly see their problem and the solution!  Theologians and students of the Bible often get proud about what they know and forget that what they are studying is God’s heart and His way, not that of another person!   Job’s friends again attack his character and accuse him of a lack of understanding of God.  (Job 15:3-5)  Job is told that his sin has caused his mouth to be crafty and deceitful.  He is accused of being impure and therefore under God’s wrath. (Job 15:30)

Job’s response to this further accusation is to label his friends “miserable comforters”.  (Job 16:2)  Job needed encouragement and understanding.  He needed someone to pray with him and seek God’s help and answers.  Job was in despair over these latest accusations and the trouble he was experiencing.  He wondered why God had shattered him and broken and crushed him.  He was depressed but stated that his advocate was also on high and his witness was in heaven.  (Job 16:19)  Job seemed to know that although his physical state was broken, God still loved him and would help him.

As I think on this passage, I realize that I have been the “miserable comforter” to some.  Sometimes it is easy to have glib answers and quote standard Bible texts.  God wants us to have His heart of compassion for the hurting and downcast.  We must listen to them and hear their heart.  Sometimes this alone is the best thing we can do.  We must seek to let the Holy Spirit speak through us and address the real needs.  What is on the surface is not always the real issue.  My prayer today is that I would be sensitive to each hurting person that I encounter and that God would use me to be a true friend!

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