No one said a word, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

Why did the friends arrive and then just sit quietly? According to Jewish tradition, people who come to comfort someone in mourning should not speak until the mourner speaks. Often the best response to another person’s suffering is silence. Job’s friends realized that his pain was too deep to be healed with mere words, so they said nothing. Often, we feel we must say something spiritual and insightful to a hurting friend. Perhaps what he or she needs most is just our presence, showing that we care. Pat answers and trite quotations say much less than empathetic silence and loving companionship. (NLT)

Job 2:11-13 – Three of Job’s friends were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. When they heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to demonstrate their grief. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. And no one said a word, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.

The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly. –Proverbs 12:23 (NIV)

Deanna Baird (Michigan) titled her story “WHEN THERE ARE NO WORDS;” here is a portion of Deanna’s story:

“’I can’t imagine how you must feel.’ The grief my friend experience when her husband died was palpable, but I realized there was nothing I could say to make it better. I’ve found that sometimes the insecurity we feel for not saying the ‘right’ thing can lead us to say the ‘wrong’ thing. . . .

“Like Job’s friends, I have often felt the need to offer my opinion or question circumstances in an attempt to explain God. Such an attitude has done little to show me and others who God is. By listening to God’s guidance we can discern when and how to comfort those who are hurting.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Sometimes God’s greatest comfort comes through our silent presence.

Prayer: Teach us, Lord, to sit quietly with those who are grieving. Fill us with peace so that we can comfort them in their time of sorrow. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE COMFORTING THE BEREAVED

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