Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (328 words)
Job 16:1–3 (ESV): "Then Job answered and said: 2 "I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all. 3 Shall windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?"
Many are the accusers who would point the finger rather than extend the hand of grace and help a person up. Don't kick a person when their down, encourage them with words that bring hope.
After continual dialogue Job tells his friends, "you're terrible comforter." They offered him no comfort or strengthen only ridicule and discouragement. Job goes on to say if you were in this position I would be trying to strengthen and encourage you not further oppress you. He asked them to stop talking. There is great wisdom in his words. At some point, we must shut off sources that discourage us in our trials! Those are the workings of the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy.
Like Job, we too are surrounded by folks who would love to point out our faults when we are down. Let us not be those kinds of people. Use your words wisely and make sure that what you are saying to a suffering individual is from the Lord. Be a voice that encourages and builds up rather than one that tears down. That isn't to say we don't address sin or say hard things because we must speak the truth in love but if your not sure about what the issue is refrain from offering your opinion. Be salt and light Christian that is what Jesus would do!
Father, thank You for encouraging us when we are suffering. Thank You that You are our source of comfort in every situation on life. May we be an extension of You to those around us who are hurting and hopeless. Use us to build up and bring healing to the hearts of those in need we pray in Jesus' name, amen.