October 14, 2019

Today you should read: Job 25:1-26:4

In the last several chapters we’ve seen Job’s friends attempt to encourage him in a very difficult time in his life.  We’ve read about Job’s struggles with accepting the trials and his responses to his friends.

Today’s reading brings up an interesting question… How can I encourage a discouraged friend?  Someone who’s in a dark place or is struggling through a hard time?

Here’s a few ideas:

  • Listen to them.  I’m told that 70% of counseling is just listening.  I know there have been many times when someone has shared something with me and I didn’t know what to say to them.  They poured out their heart, and before I could reply they thanked me and said I had helped them so much. I hadn’t said anything.  Many times we just need to share our burden with someone who will listen.
  • Use the Word of God to encourage them.  The Bible is honey to the soul of a Christ follower.  It soothes the pain and heals the hurt. Use it. Share promises with them that will reassure them that God is with them.
  • Help them focus their attention on God’s mighty attributes.  Relief comes when we get our eyes off of our problems and back on GOD.  One great way to do this by praying the Psalms.  Go through 3-4 Psalms together. Read them and pray God’s attributes mentioned there back to Him.
  • Commit to pray for them.  Promise that you will faithfully pray for them and do it.  Text them periodically and let them know that you prayed for them that day.
  • Don’t forget.  They need you past the initial hard day – they need you to remember and keep encouraging them.

What do you think?  Is this helpful?  Share a comment of how you will use this.

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

8 thoughts on “October 14, 2019”

  1. I think it’s helpful for sure. Many times people just need one of our valuable resources today, TIME. We live in such a fast and disposable everything world. Time is often the best commodity we can offer. Taking time to just “be there” for someone is priceless. I need to do this more. We need to do this more. Thanks for your time in preparing this devotion. Have a great day!

  2. If I’m going to be honest, a lot of times when talking to people, instead of REALLY listening to them, I’m actually trying to think of what I am going to say next… because I want to say the “right” thing. Thanks be to God, that He already has provided the words for me to say in His Word, the REAL “right” things to say. When someone is talking to me about a problem, they just need me to LISTEN and BE THERE. I don’t always have to have something to say. Thanks for your post today, Tim.

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