Job 1:13-19; 2:7-13
It’s not that Job’s friends had all the right words—it’s clear from the rest of Job’s account they didn’t! But when they heard their friend was suffering, they went to him. They empathized with Job, literally joining him in his grief. And before they started saying all the wrong things we know them for most, they sat in silence with their friend for a full week. In the depths of despair, Job wasn’t alone. He didn’t know he’d need friends to comfort and support him in this way, but when he did, they were there.
- How many close friends do you have: less than three? 3-5? 6 or more?
- In your experience, what are the greatest contributing factors involved in forming deep friendships?
- Would you say it takes more effort for you to make new friends, or to deepen friendships you already have?
Read Job 1:13-19 and 2:7-13:
- Why did Job’s friends go to him?
- What stands out to you about how they showed friendship to Job in this situation?
Taking it home:
- What are some hang-ups you have about getting involved in other people’s lives?
- What is one practical step you can take to deepen one of your friendships?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Luke 14:7-14; Job 6:13-30; Luke 16:1-9; Ruth 1:15-22; John 15:9-17; 1 Samuel 20:18-42.