When people need comfort, what kind of person will you be to them? How about to a person you know well and love? You will probably do all you can to comfort them and to bring them peace. But what about someone you do not know and have heard bad things about? Will your desire to show them comfort be any different if you thought they lost their job or is now homeless because of a drinking problem, or other kinds of sin? Man of you will say that you will not allow what other people think, but others do allow others to determine their thoughts before giving a person a chance. Now, one thing we need to realize is that all accusations are not correct. A person may be simply struggling because of lives trials, and who is it for us to prejudge them for what we do not know. The same should be said for Job’s friends. Instead of showing Job any sort of comfort, all they could muster up was judgement after judgement, based on what they believe he did. And Job said the following about them. 1“I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you. But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.” (Job 16:2-5) These people were treating him badly and he told them that he could do the same to them. However, he has decided to do God’s will and hold his tongue anyways.
We have a lot to learn from Job. He could have gotten angry with his friends, but instead let them know how they were making him feel. He still desired comfort from them, but they could not do it. And in speaking of God, he said, 1“He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.” (Job 16:9-12) 1“Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.” (Job 16:19-22) Many times we also feel God hates us and that His wrath is upon us when we are going through something like a job loss, financial issues, a death in the family, broken marriage and when sin is in our lives. Like Job, all we want is some sort of comfort from our friends, but it is hard to find that peace. Many people just want to counsel us and not comfort us, which is how Job felt as well. Therefore, as Christians, we should always remember to 2“be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (James 1:19) This is how every true Christian should act.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray for peace in this world of uncertainty. Help people who are suffering find the peace and comfort they need, in order to carry on in life. I know that life can be hard, especially when it comes to job losses, financial issues, marriage issues, a death in the family, and more. Even sin can certainly be a factor as to why people are so depressed. When we are broken down because of this lost world we live in, there is no rest for our souls. We have tried all the different outlets and have only had temporary pleasure, but nothing lasting to take home with us. Surely, all that comes out of the world’s offerings is more pain, grief, sadness, guilt, and shame. I know that these feelings can devastate a person enough to be depressed and commit suicide. So, Lord, I pray that people will find rest in Your presence. If it is them finding You in prayer, praise God. If it is them finding You through other Christians, praise God. Surely, we as Christians have a great deal to do in Your kingdom. And if we think that we are comfortable with what we are doing already, I know that You have something coming to us, that will catch us off guard. For there is always someone to comfort. There is always someone who we can help. We are a light unto this world, and I pray that more people will be lit up to serve You, in order to do Your will. People are suffering and we need Your help to find these people and to deliver them Your peace and comfort. May there be no more pointing fingers at the innocent or guilty, but only forgiveness and mercy, just as You have forgiven us. These things I pray, in Your mighty Name, Jesus. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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