Every once in a while we all find ourselves in the place of offering a little advice. It might be something technical we actually know about, such as how to install a new kitchen faucet. It might be something medical, like the things some of us non-doctors are prone to suggest. It sometimes involves spiritual things, like the friend who is struggling with guilt.
I like the good feeling that comes when you help someone with a bit of advice. I remember as a teenager sitting with my friends and dishing out all sorts of advice. My best friend and I had read our Bibles more than most, and when it came to all sorts of problems, we were the go-to guys. At the time, I felt that the fifteen Scriptures I had learned could solve just about any problem. Oh, to be so young and naïve.
Job’s friends had their own set of answers to life’s problems. Since Job was having the worst day ever, it seemed obvious to them that he had done something to offend God. It might be true that sin can create difficulties in life, but their pat answer wasn’t appropriate to Job. Job was actually a blameless man in God’s eyes. At one point Job commented sarcastically, “How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? And how have you declared sound advice to many?” (Job 26:3)
There actually was no wisdom in the advice Job’s friends gave. Sometimes the advice we give others contains that same lack of wisdom. Don’t be quick to fix people. The problem may be more complicated than you think. Ask God for His wisdom.