“Miserable comforters are you all! … I also could speak as you do, if your soul were in my soul’s place … but I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.
Most times, people tend to assume a false conclusion about the source of other people’s problem around them. To Job’s friends, the source of his problems seemed very clear. Like Jobs friends, people observe issues and arrive at critical conclusions with impossible recommendations for others. Job having endured great difficulties; he urgently needed to be encouraged and comforted, not attacked. Job’s plight should make us conscious of a common problem. Most of us have opinions about people’s challenges and how they can fix them. It can be easy to criticize and judge. We observe people’s shortcomings and develop ideas about how they should change and sometimes we draw up conclusions that are so far from being true.
One of the primary roles of each believer is to provide comfort. In fact, Jesus promised that He would send the Spirit to be our Helper, our Comforter (John 14:16). We need to remember that, like Job, people need comfort and encouragement. And we need to be led by the Spirit and on guard against being critical and judgmental.
As you go about your daily activity, ask God to give you a spirit of discernment and compassion. Be sensitive to the needs of the people around you. Be ready to be an instrument of His Spirit to minister mercy and comfort to others. like Job we can use the words of our lips to relieve the grief of the people around us.
My Declaration And Confession: Father, give me sensitivity to the needs of people around me. Use me as Your instrument of comfort and encouragement. I refuse to be a physician of no value In Jesus’ name, amen!
Ignite Thought: Your life is not valuable to you, if it is not adding value to the people around you!