Today's Devotional Thought
February 20, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Of all the things that my closest friends can do for me when I am hurting, one of the things that I appreciate the most is when someone I am close to just comes and sits with me. They don’t have to do anything, say anything, or fix anything. They just have to come to my side and be with me as I endure whatever it is that I am dealing with.
When we first meet Job’s friends, we see that they do just that. In the second chapter of this familiar story, we see that Job has suffered greatly. We see that Job’s friends have heard of his suffering and have come to him to console and encourage him. And what we read in today’s verse is that when his friends arrive, they just sat with him for 7 days before saying anything at all. They just came to his side and sat with him.
When I think of the last few years, I can think of many things that have happened in both my and Wendy’s lives that have caused us each pain. And in most (if not all) of these situations, there was nothing that could be done by either one us to ease the other person’s suffering. They were just life hardships that had to be endured and then healed by God alone. And what we have both found through these hardships is that sometimes you just need a friend to come and sit on the ground with you for seven days and seven nights, not saying a word.
When someone you are close to is hurting, how do you respond? Do you try to fix it? Do you try to say all the right things? Do you leave them alone to deal with their problems on their own? Do you get nervous or uncomfortable when you can’t to do anything to help them? Or do you simply love them enough to go to them and just sit on the ground with them, saying nothing?
Job’s friends did the right thing at first. Unfortunately, as you read on in the story of Job, you see how his friends start getting into trouble when they start talking to him and trying to help him. But when they first arrived, they really did the right thing in this situation. They just sat quietly with their friend in support of him, realizing there was little they could do to actually fix the situation.
Sometimes we all just need someone to be by our side during the rough patches in life. There is something very comforting about having a loved one physically close to us, even if there is nothing that they can do to actually change or help the situation. As you notice those around you hurting, please remember to just sit on the ground with them through their pain. So often there is nothing that we can really do to help others aside for pray for them and let God work in their situation. But while God is working, just sit quietly by their side and love them as only a close friend can do.