JOB 10 - The Comforting Silence
11. Now when Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him.
12. And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven.
13. 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.
After Job lost his businesses, his children, and his health; and after he had steadfastly refused to renounce his faith in God and his integrity, his friends came to comfort him in his grief.
As with many people who have been through great distress, Job's appearance had changed and his friends hardly recognised him. Indeed they were so stunned by the change in Job that they could say nothing for a long time, and so they eventually just sat in silence with him.
When we are going through the kind of adversity and anguish that Job was experiencing, the best thing our loved ones can do for us is to come and be there for us, but in silence. That may be the greatest comfort they can minister to us.
Father, in my time of adversity and trouble, help me to continue to trust You, knowing that You alone are the one who can bring a good outcome from an evil situation if I continue to trust You wholeheartedly.
Today I renew my trust in You. Give me friends who can stand with me during the season of adversity, and help me to know that this season will come to an end when You have purified me fully,
in Jesus' name,
See you tomorrow, God willing!