40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 21, 2019, 6:13 AM

Lent 2019 Day 14 Job Chapter 16

In chapter 16, Job responds to Eliphaz by saying, "Miserable comforters are you all!" Instead of comforting Job, they are discouraging Job all the more. What if the shoe was on the other foot? Job is confident if Eliphaz or Bildad or Zophar, were in his situation, that he would be a good comforter. In verse 5 Job says, "But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief."

I think Job challenges us to be a better friend. Could we put ourselves in the situation of our friends? Can we walk a mile in their shoes? Look at Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." I wonder how many people no longer attend church, because Christians are a lot like Job's friends. 

I love how Job 16 ends, 19-21, "Surely even now my witness is in heaven, And my evidence is on high. My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God. Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!" Regardless of how our friends treat us, our witness is in heaven. We have one who pleads our case. Romans 8:34, "Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us." And Hebrews 7:25, "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."

I pray that I'm a friend that encourages and strengthens and I'm thankful for the friendship of Christ who pleads my case as a man pleads for a neighbor. 

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