Suffering Friends – Job 20

Job 20:29

“This is the wicked man’s portion from God, Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”

Based on this chapter and the ignorant, disparaging words of Job’s ‘friends’, what else can he conclude except that these so called friends feel he, Job, is an evil man. The disaster he has endured proves it to them, yet they are absolutely wrong. It is Job’s faithfulness to God that has put him where he is by the hand of his ultimate enemy, satan. Job is not an evil man.

Job 1:1, There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.

God Himself refers to Job as a blameless and upright man. He’s proud of Job and his character. Case closed.

These ‘friends’ betray their evil hearts by their lack of compassion and understanding for this suffering man of God. All of the conclusions they draw about Job are based on what they see he is enduring but they cannot see the complete picture. They are not sovereign and eternal so they don’t know all of the facts. Do we ever? Of course not. It is they who are more likely evil. Our words to others in times of suffering bring hope or pain. When we draw conclusions about others based solely on their life circumstances, we risk bringing judgement on ourselves. We risk simply piling on more hurt to those who are already in deep pain. We risk bringing the judgement of God upon ourselves. Often times, the best bet is to say nothing.

Live compassion not condemnation. Speak life to those who hurt.

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