SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Job compares his friend's advice to tasteless food.
- It was Job's hope that God would take his life from him so he wouldn't have to suffer nor be tempted to curse and blame God.
- Despite Job's desperation he continues to be in a right relationship with God and move forward in his faith.
- When people are going through severe trials, ill-advised counsel is distasteful. Be slow to give advice to those who are hurting. They often need compassionate listening more than they need advice.
- To trust God in difficult times tests us and exercises our faith.
- Despite his circumstances Job remains obedient to God to the best of his ability.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Compassion is often what is most needed when someone is suffering. When you see someone suffering, is your natural reaction to give advice or compassion?
- Is there someone who is hurting and could use a phone call from you, or an invite to coffee?
- If you have ever been in a state of depression, know that God understands and that people like Job example how we are to best deal with it--through honesty and faithfulness.