Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 29 Scripture Selection: Job 16-18
Food for Thought: Job 16:2-5, 20, 21
Some friends! Job’s so-called friends are the ones who inspired the expression “With friends like that, who needs enemies?” Job notices right away that his “friends” are of no help to him. He calls them “miserable comforters” and “worthless physicians” (13:4) whose words are useless. In fact, they actually cause Job even more pain. In the midst of his suffering, they scorn him (vs. 20) and mock him (12:4) after sitting with him silently for seven days.
One good thing that comes out of this, however, is the lesson on how to be a good friend to one who is going through hard times. Job actually tells his friends exactly what he needed. First, he would have really appreciated some encouraging words that would strengthen and comfort him (vs. 5). Further, Job wished out loud that they would have prayed for him (vs. 21). In 6:14, he suggests something that should have been obvious: “To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend,
Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”
Romans 12:15, 16 teaches us to accompany the friend in whatever the situation and not be so quick to condemn or offer our “wise” counsel as Job’s friends did. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
To simplify, Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.“ Just keep loving the friend and serving him/her through it all, just as Proverbs 18: suggests: “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Stand by him/her and minister to his/her needs, always offering hope. Then you will not only be called a friend, but also a brother.
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