I would like to take an informal survey of my online community to help get prepared for the second sermon in the Job series coming up on August 13/14. Here’s the question I pose to you:
What are some of the worst things that people have said to you when you shared your experience of pain or suffering?
Don’t give names. Simply share the quote, and perhaps the context of the situation and how the statement made you feel.
Here’s why I’m asking. The text for the sermon is Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21. This sermon will cover the conversations that Job had with his “friends” when they came to comfort him in his suffering. The three friends–Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar–essentially said this to Job, “Suffering is a punishment for sin. You obviously have sin in your life. Why don’t you just admit it and let God deal with you.”
Wow! How’s that for a bunch of comforting friends?
So, we will talk about two basic things in the sermon:
- What not to say when you encounter suffering.
- How to talk to God about your suffering.
So, I thought it would be fun to let you vent and share some awful and/or inappropriate/insensitive things you have heard people say in a time of suffering.
I look forward to your comments below.
Most people commented on the Facebook post. Here’s a link…