Are You A Friend Of Job Or A Friend Of Jesus?
I’ve seen many Christians with depression who are told “snap out of it” and “pray yourself out of it.” These approaches are sincere, but they lack the sensitivity that is needed to touch the heart of the depressed.
Well-meaning words given at the wrong time can actually be adversarial and cause a deeper pain.
One thing I’ve learned is people overwhelmed with hurting, broken hearts do NOT need a theological explanation as to why they are this way. Instead, they NEED loving, caring, non-judgmental friends to be there at their side – to pray, to comfort, to encourage, to fellowship, to just sit there with them and not saw one word. They NEED to know how much God loves them in spite of their mess.
The story of Job’s sufferings is a perfect example of this.
Job was a man after God’s heart. However, God wanted to be glorified more in Job’s life. So God permitted Satan to tempt Job causing the following tragedies:
- His business (all livestock and cattle) is lost.
- All ten of his children died suddenly.
- Job is stricken head to toe with repugnant, physical illnesses (boils and sores.)
Too many broken people are put under enormous, unnecessary guilt. This is one of the biggest scandals of the modern church. The church becomes a shooting range instead of a safe place to heal and find Jesus. The church becomes known for shooting its own wounded. Thank God for those churches who do minister only Jesus to others.
This world is sin-sick and hurting. What the world needs more than anything is the love of God. God displays His intimate love to people mostly through His children. For God to successfully do this, He must train His children to exhibit His character in trails, tribulations, and sufferings. This is what God does for us.
The deeper the brokenness, the deeper is God glorified in one’s life.
May we be A Friend Of Jesus to the hurting and depressed.