What Comfort?

Then Job answered and said: “I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all. Shall windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
Job 16:1-3
What Comfort?
Job responds to his friends’ speeches by calling them “miserable comforters.”  They bring him nothing which he had not already heard and word which do not sooth.  Job is fed up with his friends assuming all of Job’s troubles are a result of some specific sin which he has committed.  They bring him no comfort.  This is what happens when we seek comfort in the Law.  It only accuses.  It tells us what to do and then points out every time we fail to live up to it.  The Law condemns and there is no comfort in its judgement.  Yet we are told of another Comforter in Scriptures. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” 2 Corinthians :3-5).  In our suffering and pain, we find our comfort and strength in our Lord and Savior because He has suffered for us.  He comforts us in our affliction, and we share in the joy of Christ. When we or our fellow believers find ourselves in a Job like situation, we are to turn to God, and find comfort in Him.  Even though we may not understand our suffering we know Christ is there for us, to forgive, to heal, to strengthen, and to comfort.
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