“When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and travelled from their homes to comfort him and console him…they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.”
Why as Christians do we always think we need to give an answer to someone that is suffering? Although our intentions may be well meaning, sometimes, reeling off a long list of Bible verses and words of encouragement, aren’t always the best way to show support. Perhaps, as Job’s friends initially did, say nothing.
Sometimes, when we are going through heartache that is too great for words, all we need is an arm around us, silent prayer warriors supporting us, and the comfort of friends grieving and sharing in our pain. That is not to say that we should not try to help our friends out of the sorrow they face, but rather it is in asking God for wisdom, when to speak and when to remain silent.
If you see a friend suffering, get alongside them and support them. Don’t feel you need to shower them with words, but let your solidarity and support in standing with them, be more powerful than the most eloquent words you can speak. Moreover, pray, for them, and pray for the right timing to speak and the right timing to be silent. We all need Godly friends.