40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 7, 2019, 7:15 AM

Lent 2019 Day 2, Job chapter 4

2 Corinthians 1:3-4, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."  Is there anyone who could understand the pain that Job was experiencing? Is there anyone who had already been comforted and in return can offer the same comfort to Job? How do we comfort people who are experiencing grief like we have never experienced before?

Enter Job's first friend Eliphaz the Temanite. He must have been the oldest because he was the first to try and offer Job comfort. But the comfort that Eliphaz tried to offer did not come from God. Verse 12-17, "Now a word was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper of it. In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up. It stood still, But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; There was silence; Then I heard a voice saying:  ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?"  Who is secretly whispering these words to Eliphaz? Where does his source of comfort come from? 

I am afraid that sometimes instead of offering comfort we add to the sorrow that others are going through. Father God, you are the God of all comfort. I pray that you not only help us to endure the sorrow and grief that comes into our lives, but you also help us to offer comfort to those who are grieving. 

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