“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” Isaiah 61:2 (KJV)
When Job lost everything, his three friends came to him to mourn with him and comfort him. They silently sat with him for seven days and seven nights and didn’t say a word until after he opened up to say something. When his friends finally did speak, their words made Job’s suffering worst. They just couldn’t believe that God would allow such great destruction in Job’s life without a cause. They tried to say Job must’ve done something wrong. They couldn’t resist the urge to try to fix the situation. Job was so frustrated with his friends that he eventually said in so many words, “you guys are the worst comforters ever! If things were turned around and you were in my place, I would comfort you and strengthen you with my words. I would relieve your pain!” The greatest blessing to someone that is hurting and going through a difficult time is to have someone that is content with just being there. The greatest friends in our lives resist the urge to try to explain why, they resist the urge to try to fix the problem. They resist the urge to try to play God in our lives. They have already prayed to God about it and now they simply choose to just be there.
Prayer: Father, for every person in my life that is hurting in some way, help me be a good friend. Help me resist the urge to try to fix every problem or provide an answer. You are God. While you’re working things out for them, help me be a good friend and simply be there. In Jesus’ name, Amen.