. . . When counselors may become so overwhelmed by a counselee’s situation that, along with Job’s wife, they want to say something like, ”Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9).
In such circumstances, what must they do?
Answer: remember the many words of Scripture that make no such allowance for such bad advice (for instance, 1 Corinthians 10:13).
Now, I know that frustration because of both the counselee’s response and the problems to which he is responding badly is common. It is easy, therefore, for you (as a counselor) to conclude that you are simply “not up to it.” And, in many respects, you aren’t—you can’t seem to figure out what God would have you advise and do in a particular instance. But there are several things you can do rather than utter some sort of exasperated advice. Let me list them:
- You may seek further information about, or details concerning those aspects of the problem that seem fuzzy, puzzling, or unclear.
- You may pray and ask the counselee to pray that you will become further enlightened in the biblical advice that you don’t have at the moment.
- You may consult (by permission from the...