When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
There is nothing more comforting, nothing more powerful than the tangible friendship that we get from those people that we have in our lives. These can be our sisters, actual sisters, and blood sisters because these could be our brothers. These can be actual friends that we have found in school, at church, in the university setting, wherever it is right. I have friends that I have been with since middle school. I have friends that came along my life in high school, and I have friends that I met in college when I was in a sorority these are my sisters, both biological and also from an organization that you know I have kept in my life and have impacted me in such a way that I cannot be more thankful for. I know that earlier this week, we talked about the comfort of Jesus, and He is the ultimate comforter.
Our Lord is someone who comes to us with compassion and with comfort like we talked about. But the comfort that our friends show us is what we talked about in that last verse. When we extend comfort to those around us. We are extending the tangible version of the love of Christ, and so it is so important to surround yourself with people who build you up, especially at times in which you are at a low place. You need people who can sympathize; you need people who could come alongside to pray for you and get you back on your two feet. And uh, you need to reciprocate that and be that person for those people in your life. Because if you are not that for them, they will never be that for you. And it is such an important trait to have. It is so honorable, like I’ve mentioned in the past.
It is so honorable to be trustworthy, someone who can extend the comfort of Jesus, someone who was there to sympathize for their friends, and vice versa. It’s so important to have those kinds of relationships in your life. And so today, we’re going to pray for genuine friendships. We’re going to pray for those that need it in their lives. We’re going to pray and thank God for those we have in our lives. And we are just going to be the kind of people devoted to being comforters. We are devoted to building our friends when they’re down. If you have someone in your mind right now who is going through something, I want us to reach out to that person right after this and be the hands and feet of Jesus and tell them that whatever they’re going through, they you see them that you’re there for them to sympathize with them and comfort them. So let us be like Job’s three friends that come together in agreement that we are praying for our friends. We are there to support our friends. We are there to sympathize with them. We are there to comfort them. We are there to extend the tangible version of the hands and feet of Jesus. Our faith allows us to know that we have a father who loves us and builds us, but our actions allow us to show that display in a tangible form. And so today we’re going to be that, and today we’re going to thank the Lord for people who are that for us.
Father God, we thank you for 475 episodes. We love you so much. We are devoted to waking up each day and learning more about you. We want to be more like you. And so today, Lord, we are thanking you for the friendships in our lives. We thank you for people who sympathize with us to comfort us who builds us back up. And Lord, we just want to be that to those in our lives. So if we have someone on our heart right now, give us the strength to reach out to that person and let them know that they are on our heart and that we are the kind of people that come alongside them. We pray for them. We get them back on their feet, and we comfort them in the same way that you have comforted us as the Lord we are that today. We are that every day, and we thank you for the opportunity to extend your hands and feet. We absolutely love you, and we ask that you bless this Friday and this weekend that we are coming into it is in your son’s holy name that we pray. Amen.
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