"When Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity…they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him." – Job 2:11 NASB
Many face this challenge: What is our motivation in our relationships with others? Friendship or loyalty? Personal benefit or trustworthiness? Noted journalist William Safire once described how Job had been a source of comfort to many politicians wounded by disloyal friends.
One of the central themes of Job’s story is the role of friends and friendships. Indeed, most of the book consists of the dialogue between Job and his friends. These men originally gathered out of sympathy for Job to “comfort him.” But soon they began to criticize him. Clearly, Job felt hurt by their comments. As he told them, “What miserable comforters you are” (16:2 NLT)!
We almost can feel Paul thinking about Job and his friends in his letter to the Romans when he described how Christians should be motivated by love and “devoted to one another in brotherly love.” We are to “give preference to one another in honor,” to be humble, “fervent in spirit,” and “serving the Lord … devoted to prayer” (9:10-11).
As we have an opportunity, we should show true love and concern to all. We should not curse our persecutors but should bless them. We are to seek peace with everyone and be committed to “overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
Proverbs 17:17 says, “a friend loves at all times.” This is the kind of friend Job needed. And so do each of us. Remember the importance of loyalty. Be His witness and minister to others.
PrayerFather, help me to be Your servant in the lives of others. Fill me with Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingJob 2