06.26.2016 Old Testament: Job 8.1–2
To read the Bible in a year, read Job 7–9 on June 26, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
If you have read the first two chapters of the Book of Job, you know of his horrendous suffering, and in his dialogue with his three friends, he reveals details about the agony he suffered. If you have read those first two chapters, you have also read that his three best friends came to comfort him, but when Job spoke, heavily discouraged and depressed beyond all imagination, he wished for death, and his friends did not like what they heard.
Therefore, they challenged him. Eliphaz, presumably the eldest, began by putting Job down. Then Bildad spoke, and listen to the first words that he says to his beloved friend,
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
“How long will you speak these things,
And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?”
As the old saying goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies? Truly, sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all. The three friends had come to sat down with Job on the ground for seven days without saying a word. They should have continued in their silence, and if compelled to speak, they should have offered words of deep mourning for their beloved friend.
Yes, Job said somethings that he should not have said, but the poor man lost everything, all his possessions, most of his workers, his ten children, his health, the love and support of his wife, the respect of his community, sleep, and many other things. Have compassion on the poor guy!
Be there for your friends. Understand their suffering. It is okay to be quiet and just be there. The time may come for you to speak, if so, think carefully on what you say to a suffering soul, because he may not be thinking logically.