Thursday, December 6, 2007
A Friend in Need
So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
Job certainly stands out as a shining example of someone who was patient in adversity. He went through incredible difficulties. You probably remember his story: It started out in heaven, with God telling Satan about the faithfulness of His servant Job. We can almost imagine God beaming and pulling on His suspenders as He spoke of His servant Job. But then He allowed hardship to fall on Job.
If it is true that into every life a little rain must fall, then Job was hit by a tsunami. In one day, he lost his flocks, his servants, all his children, and his health.
Then Job’s friends came to visit. They could hardly recognize their friend, because he was in such sad shape. “So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great” (Job 2:13).
One of the best things you can do for people who are hurting is to just be there for them. The Bible says we should “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). You don’t have to give them a sermon. You don’t need to have all the answers. You simply need to be there.
I have been a pastor for many years, and I have come to realize that I don’t have all the answers. Sometimes the best thing I can do for a person who is hurting, for someone who has lost a loved one, for the one who is facing a horrible sickness, is to be there and pray for him or her. By simply being there, you can be of great comfort to a friend in need.
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