FRIENDS OF JOB!
“…. they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights and no one spoke a word to him” (Job 2:13).
There were three friends for Job. They were Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar (Job 2:11). When they heard of all the adversity that had come upon Job, they had decided to come together and mourn with him and to comfort him.
When they raised their eyes from afar they did not recognize Job and they lifted their voices and wept. They tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Though they had not eaten anything for seven days and seven nights, their mere company itself would have been a great relief for Job. Even in that silent atmosphere, Job’s thinking was “My friends have come from faraway places and they are sitting on the ground without eating anything.”
At times, we visit the patients. For some patients, very few words would be enough for comforting them. Their faith will be strengthened when the promises are shared with them encouragingly. But some patients will be in an unconscious condition. They will not be able to hear what we speak. In such cases, if we sit by their side silently and repeatedly say “Jesus, Jesus” in a thin voice holding their hand, the presence of Christ will surround them.
Job’s friends sat silently and after getting composed, started to speak. It was a heartbreaking speech. They broke his heart by repeatedly saying in the whole of 30 chapters that the reasons for all his sufferings were his hidden sins. In the end, God interfered and told Eliphaz “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has” (Job 42:7).
“And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10). It is always better to be silent rather than repeatedly accusing and wounding them which in fact increases their sorrows.
“The prudent keep silent,” says Amos. The prophet Isaiah says “The righteous perishes and no man takes it to heart; merciful men are taken away, while no one considers that the righteous is taken away from evil” (Isaiah 57:1). One who has a vision over His coming will keep silent.
Dear children of God, God will definitely render justice to you if you keep silent.
To meditate: “Far be it from you to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked………Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25).