Be a Good Physician
But you are forgers of lies, you are all worthless physicians. Oh that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom! (Job 13:4-5)
When we are suffering, we need comfort and compassion from those close to us. Job was suffering both emotionally and physically. His friends came to him to offer him comfort. But after sitting with him for a while, they began to condemn and rebuke him. This made Job go on the defensive and rebuke his friends. He called them worthless physicians! What makes a physician worthless? One could be unskilled or prescribe bad medicine or misapply good medicine. And Job's friends fulfilled all of these. They were unable to discern the cause of Job's suffering. Therefore, they prescribed judgment on Job and misapplied spiritual truths to remedy his afflictions. Job rebuked them by saying, "oh that you would be silent". Their silence would have made them appear wiser just like it says in Proverbs 17:28.
Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perspective. When someone tells me of problems or issues affecting them, my tendency is to offer them a "fix". I have to stop myself and listen to them and pray with them. The bible tells us in Romans to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. Brothers and sisters, we ought to be in close fellowship with one another, fulfilling the scriptures and sharing both prayer needs and praise reports. Let's be "good physicians" by meeting each other's needs in love.
Your brother in Christ,