Vs. 3, “Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing.” Job is certainly exasperated at this point. It was obvious that Job’s friends just don’t seem to understand. Job feels grief on both sides…his friends/neighbors and also God. As much as Job wanted to have God take his life…he also wanted to have an opportunity to defend himself. Here in this passage it seems Job is referring again to someone who can help defend him…a mediator (Jesus vs. 19).
Regarding application…Comforters. Vs. 2, “I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are you all!” While Job’s freinds intention was to bring comfort, they were lousy at best. We should never underestimate the power of words. Friendships are forged from the comfort that we can give to each other. Comfort of protection and peace…comfort of love and acceptance…comfort of encouragement and hope…comfort of loyalty and committment. I received a phone call from one of my former students in Oregon today and not only did I have the opportunity to comfort them, they also gave me comfort and encouragement too! Let us continue to strive to be effective and loving comforters.