Monday, December 12, 2011
come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together
by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
We all need a little help from our friends.
I especially like two words that leap out to me from this Scripture: sympathize and comfort.
Job needed both sympathy and comfort.
Did his friends succeed in giving it to him? NO!
ELIPHAZ put great faith in TRADITION (15:18-19).
BILDAD was a LEGALIST (8:4).
ZOPHAR was the MOST DOGMATIC of the three (11:6).
Job needed mercy. He needed grace. He didn't get it from his friends.
I am pleased our preacher has preached on the theme of grace all year. Too much grace? I don't think so!
I have known many like these three men. Right or wrong I have always looked upon them as just good ol boys.
Good ol boys with some good points but too narrow to be of any help.
They talk a good game but nothing helps. They offer no hope. Grace would have brought some of the comfort they wanted to give.
Want to be a good friend? Want to offer sympathy? Do you want to comfort?
Try showing a little grace.