One of the most influential books of the Bible I’ve had the chance to study is the Book of Job. Following college, around the time a friend of mine was facing divorce, I dug into Job with a couple of strong commentaries. (They were the Tyndale and the NICOT commentaries, I believe.)

Job is interesting for a lot of reasons, including of course the fact that most of the book truthfully records the error of individuals; Job’s friends prattle on in (mostly) well-meaning but (mostly) unhelpful prose.

But among other things, studying this book was so valuable in learning what comfort should look like, even if that wisdom came by recognizing the counterfeit nature of Job’s friends’ counsel. It’s interesting that their “wisdom” often gets close, and it’s that fact that makes the book so powerful for realizing the difference between apparent wisdom and real wisdom.

So in a week of connecting Scripture directly to what we do, that’s my question now: Have your students learned to comfort others in wisdom?

Think about it: This may even be more important than we immediately realize:

  • When students’ friends face tragedy at this point in their lives, it’s often unexpected
  • Students are prone to “zeal without knowledge,” and that includes in the way they try to talk peers through difficult issues