10/25/17 – The Consummate Comforter – Pr. Sonny Shimaoka

Scripture: 
“I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head at you.  But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.” – Job 16:4-5 NIV

Observation: 
Am I a “miserable” comforter?  I guess I could fall into the same trap by assuming that Job was the cause for his own suffering.  The truth is that I have no clue as to why someone is going through a “Job” experience.  My first response must be like Job’s and choose to offer comfort and encouragement.  Here is another example of why Job was considered the most righteous man on earth in his time.  In John 14, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as the Advocate.  The word translated is a combination of Comforter and Counselor!

Application: 
The lesson learned here is that God is not calling me to judge or condemn but to comfort and counsel.  Over the years I have picked up a few tips that describe what comfort and counsel would look like.

-Try not to talk just for the sake of talking.  There is an ancient Jewish tradition that teaches that people who come to comfort someone in mourning should not talk until the mourner speaks.

-Don’t sermonize!  Romans 8:28 has been the most common verse offered.

-Don’t accuse or criticize.

-Choosing to identify with their grief.

-Offer help and encouragement.

Prayer: 
Heavenly Father thank You for the book of Job.  It continues to be a great encouragement and reminder to me of Your Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence.  Holy Spirit help me to always focus on being an advocate like You. In Jesus Name…