Today Eliphaz takes his turn to speak. It looks like he feels that the counsel of good friends is all that is provided for comfort during trials (15.9-11), and Eliphaz is not impressed with Job’s resolute trust in God (13.15).
Are the comforts of God too small for you,
or the word that deals gently with you?
Why does your heart carry you away,
and why do your eyes flash,
that you turn your spirit against God
and bring such words out of your mouth?
He asks, simply, where does comfort come from then? He seems to think that God’s comfort is exclusively given through the counsel of others (Are the comforts of God too small for you,
or the word that deals gently with you?). Whilst this is not untrue, it is not exclusively true. God certainly does speak through the counsel of other believers in our lives. Huge comfort can be taken from being in the presence of someone who has been in the presence of the Lord.
However, this is but one way the Lord comforts His people. They are vast and varied, but I would suggest that they all point to one place. God’s comfort in times of trouble and affliction, in times of stress and anxiety, in times of uncertainty and persecution is the One we read of in Luke 2,
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
God’s comfort always takes us in some way, shape, or form, to the Lord Jesus Christ, the consolation of Israel, God’s light for revelation, salvation, and glory.
If you are troubled, afflicted, stressed, anxious, or uncertain today, seek out the comfort of God available to you through the person and work of Jesus.