“Friends” *Job 16:1-5

What is your stance when you are with someone who is experiencing a very troubling situation, or remorse, grief, extreme difficulties, etc?
Then Job replied: 2 “I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!
3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing? 4 I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head at you.5 But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
Let us not judge others lest we be judged. Jobs three “friends” were with Job; sitting with him, but instead of bringing him comforting words and being compassionate towards his situation they were accusing him; attacking and judging him because of the devastation that be felled his life. It has been months of excruciating anguish for Job. His wealth instantly diminished, his children all dead, his wife turned on him, so he has no comfort or support from her. Now, his three friends are against him as well. The weight and heaviness of this situation can truly not be fathomed!
This is a good reminder for us that when anyone is going through trials, storms or tribulations – Do Not Judge! Give a listening ear and be compassionate. Let them know you hear what they are saying and are not judging them. Pray a positive prayer for them. Appeal to God on their behalf.


What might
look right,
without insight
may not be bright.
The false light
could be night
causing fright
bringing plight.
Wanting flight
from the height
of this sight
because it’s trite.