Job Had Horrible Friends

“I have heard many things,” Job tells his friends in Job 16:2. “You are all miserable comforters.” Job had just experienced tremendous loss. His children were dead. So were his animals and the wealth they provided his family. To make matters worse, Job had a terrible case of boils. While I think they did right by going to be with him, Job’s friends begin to tell him that he had done something wrong, something to deserve what happened to him. In short, Job had horrible friends. Don’t be that way with your friends.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice,” Romans 12:15 instructs. “Weep those with that weep.”  Still, this is not the only verse that could be used to tell someone about friendship and the importance of ‘being there’ for another individual. Proverbs 27:17 is one verse that comes to mind. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend,” it says. I could go on and type every verse that I found, but we all should open our Bibles this week and study things for ourselves. When we do, let’s take a moment to thank God for the freedom to read His word, while asking the Lord to show us what we need to take away from that day’s reading.

When you’re done with your Bible study, use what you read and make it a point to visit with your friends. Ask them how they’re doing. Inquire as to whether they’d like to talk about something that’s been bothering them. Be a friend, because Job had horrible friends. Don’t be like them.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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