Discouragers

Then Job answered and said, 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.

Job 16:1-4

We are all probably familiar with the story of Job.  He was a good man.  The Bible describes him as being a “perfect and upright” man.  That is some high praise.  We know that Job’s suffering was not God’s punishment for his doing wrong.  We know that Job was not the vile sinner and hypocrite that his friends made him out to be.  We know all of this because we have the benefit of reading the entire story in the Bible.  We weren’t around when Job was suffering.  We weren’t around with his friends.  It has been said that hindsight is 20/20 and I think there is a lot of truth to that statement.  It’s easy to look back and see what “should have been done.” 

Job’s “friends” came to him after all of the calamities befell him and talked with him over the course of the book.  They saw what he had been through and, instead of comforting him, they basically told him that he was being punished for his sin and that he was a hypocrite.  They were horrible comforters, which Job told them in these verses: “miserable comforters are ye all.” 

Job’s friends had no idea what was going on behind the scenes.  They had no idea why Job was suffering.  But they knew he was suffering.  They knew that he needed help and comfort.  And they did not give it to him.  How often are we guilty of the same thing?  Someone suffers and we assume that it is because of some sin in their life.  Someone falls and we just look down our noses at them.  What a horrible way to think!

Job needed some comfort and encouragement and he did not get it from his friends.  In the same situation, would our friends get comfort and encouragement from us or we be more like Job’s pharisee friends?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for encouraging us to be encouragers instead of judges of what and why things are happening in people’s lives! We don’t always know their story like God does. God bless you!

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