Iyov Nineteen: Comfort

Job responds to his friends, who have been speaking for the last few chapters. His opening line is, “How long will you grieve my soul and crush me with words (Job 19:2)?” All this verse made me think about is how futile it can sometimes be to attempt to comfort someone. We can have the best of intentions, but if someone isn’t in a place to hear what you’re trying to say, or if you just can’t relate and end up putting your foot in your mouth, things can totally backfire. I never want to inadvertently hurt someone, particularly someone who I care enough about to try and comfort. So what could Job’s friends have done differently? None of them are being targeted and cursed, so how could they relate? Is there anything we can do to truly make another person’s pain somehow better?

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