Job 2:11-13(New Living Translation)
11 When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. Their names were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite.
12 When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.
The telephone rings, and its a friend on the other line. Their voice is very serious, as they relay that another good friend has suffered a heavy loss. The two of you call another and decide that the best course of action is to hop into the SUV and travel the 2 hours to see how you can help in this time of distress. How would you react when you hear of a dear friend that has encountered difficulty? Do you imagine yourself responding as Job's three friends did?
We are often called to comfort those who are hurting. I think it was commendable that Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar sat with Job and said nothing for a week; I am sure that just their presence showed Job that at least he was loved by his friends. We too need to learn a lesson form these guys, because many times the best course of action is to be there to listen.
Often our silence can encourage another better than trying to solve a problem or handout advice.
Is there someone you can bring comfort to, that could use you just being there? Remember that in some circumstances your silence can be more encouraging than anything else you could do. In those moments, be the hands and feet of Jesus, and the witness of His love and grace.