OVERVIEW: Job accuses his friends of being miserable comforters.
BIG IDEA: Don’t worry about what to say in times of trouble, but show up and be available to friends and family members.
KEY VERSE: Job 16:2–3 (Job to friends)
I have heard all this before. What miserable comforters you are! Won’t you ever stop blowing hot air? What makes you keep on talking?
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Do not be a miserable comforter. Be a person whose presence brings relief, calm, and peace. Be a person whose name elicits a smile from those who suffer. Make it your priority to be present and available as needs arise. It’s easy to attack or criticize. It’s easy to defame another’s character. But when you do, it reveals more about you than the other person. If you are prone to act that way, stop and look within. What is troubling you that you continue to argue and stir up chaos? Let me help you with that.
Instead, focus on comfort. Consider your words and let your conversation bring a smile to your friend’s face or soul. Your friends and relatives need timely and timeless words of hope and encouragement. But don’t worry about what to say or how to say it. When you have nothing, your presence will speak loudly. Your presence is a gift—the most effective medicine available. Listen and respond as the Holy Spirit guides you.
Choose your words wisely and prayerfully. Use words to bless and encourage.