September 12, 2017
Read: Job 2
Scripture- Job 2:13b- No one said a word to Job, for they saw his suffering was too great for words.
Observations- Job's friends arrived full of compassion to comfort and care for him in his deep pain and grief. "Sitting shiva" is the Jewish tradition of sitting silently and listening to another's sorrow. What a response to unbearable pain! When Job's friends began to talk with their explanations of God's ways and accusations of his sin and shortcomings, there was no more comfort for Job.
Application- What a timely word for us! When people we love or don't even know go through the whirlwind, we can open our ears, close our mouths, and hear their story. We can't "fix" anyone or take away a person's deep suffering, but we can walk alongside them, sit down with them, and be fully present with and for them as an expression of the way God- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit- is with and for us. Yes, physical help is vital and important in emergency situations, but some things can't "be made better" through such help alone. When you are tempted to all too quickly dole out advice, remember the tradition of sitting shiva.
Prayer- Lord, there are a lot of hurting people all over the world and next door. We want to be the hands, the feet, the voice, and the ears of Jesus for people in great need. We love You and will seek to live out the values of the Kingdom of heaven today with Your help and guidance. Thank You for Your grace that goes before us in every experience of life. Amen.
"Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep." (Romans 12:15),
P. S. - If you need help or can be of help to others, please let us know. Be safe. Be Jesus with skin on for others. Thanks.