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