Lessons From the Old Testament: Principles of Counseling From Job

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Recognize the value of silent sympathy. (Job 2:12,13; 13:5)

Like God, be able to show kindness even to those who are suffering for their own sins. (Job 6:14-23)

Beware of pious platitudes which ease your own fear but fail to have impact on the sufferer. (13:12; and see 4:7; 5:17; 11:6; 11:7-9, etc.)

Be ready to listen as though hearing for the first time and take what is said at face value. (12:1-3; 13:17)

  • You may never have faced this situation before (16:4)
  • You may not be experiencing the same level of discomfort (12:5)
  • God may be asking you to re-examine your own assumptions

 Don’t be surprised by dramatic mood swings.  (Job 3:3; 6:8-10, 11-13, 24-27; etc.)

Do not assume sin is the cause of the suffering. (Job 6:29)

Give to the sufferer the same freedom God gives them to express their disappoint with God. (Job 42:7)

Believe that God is willing and able to minister to the needs of every hurting person. (Job 38-42)

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Staff pastor of an evangelical church in Collierville TN just outside of Memphis. Married with four grown children, all married. Thrilled with life in Jesus Christ. View all posts by thimblefulloftheology

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