Read Job 2:1-13.
When Job’s three friends… saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud… Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. Job 2:11-13.
Job is considered by many to be the model of patience and faith in the midst of suffering. In the Old Testament book that bears his name, Job suffers greatly at the hand of Satan, but with the permission of God. He loses his property, his children and then his own health. He does complain about his experiences, but he never loses his faith. He rebukes his wife when she tells him to curse God and die.
Three of Job’s close friends come to visit him when they learn of his misfortune. For most of the book, the three friends talk to Job and say all the wrong things. Even though they say the wrong things, they do two things that are absolutely right. They come to see him, even though they seem to think that he is responsible for his own fate. And they sit with him in silence, just being there when he needed them.
We often know people who are experiencing terrible suffering and heartache. We may be tempted to avoid them because we are afraid that we will say the wrong thing. But we can take a cue from Job’s friends. Go be with them. Don’t say anything. Just sit with them in silence. Sometimes there is nothing you can say that will help, but your presence, even in silence, will be a comfort and support to your hurting friends.
God is always with us in our suffering, even though we may not feel His presence or hear His voice. Sometimes His presence comes through the willingness of His people to be there in His name.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC