My women's Sunday School Class took up their studies again in Job 15 & 16. We had a week off because of our Missions Conference.
In chapter 15 the second cycle begins of Job's friends attempting to bring "comfort" to Job whose suffering continues. Eliphaz concludes wrongly that Job has sinned and his suffering is an indicator of God's judgement. This is no comfort to Job and only compounds the unkind, uncaring and condemning 'comfort' that is coming from his friends.
Chapter 16 finds Job responding that they are miserable comforters, he knows his suffering is from the hand of God and feels broken open by God but will come to the realization that God only is his hope.
Our conversation revolved around how to help and counsel those who are suffering and what NOT to say or do.
"Our afflictions are a platform from which we can comfort others who are afflicted."
"How will you help your friends? How do you want them to comfort you when you're afflicted? What principles, what precepts of life have you gained that will enable you to minister to others.?
(Kay Arthur, Pete DeLacy)