Tongues AfireWhen have you recently endured the wound of another person’s words?
Top Music Videos
Too Great For Words
No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great
for words (v.13).
The pot roast was still steaming in the pan as I
arranged carrots, onions, and potatoes around its
perimeter and then ladled broth over the whole
creation. I nestled it into a basket along with some
bread, fruit salad, and cookies for dessert. The meal was
for a family in our church that was grieving a deeply
painful loss. My heart was heavy as I loaded everything
into my car. I rehearsed what I might say to the family
members, but nothing seemed appropriate.
It’s difficult to know how to comfort hurting people.
When Job’s children died and his wealth and health
vanished, three of his friends tried to ease his sadness.
To show their support, they “traveled from their homes to
comfort and console him” (v.11). Sometimes, just being
present communicates care to heartbroken people.
The Bible also calls us to empathize with those in
pain—to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
Job’s friends approached him wailing loudly. “They tore
their robes . . . to show their grief. Then they sat on the
ground with him for seven days and nights” (Job 2:12-
13). They were willing to meet Job in the valley of his
sorrow and become “likeminded” with him.
As they mourned together, no one said a word to
Job because they saw that his suffering was “too great
for words” (v.13). Being silent reduces the chance that
we’ll say the wrong thing—which Job’s buddies did later
on. Their words were so upsetting that Job exclaimed, “Listen . . . to what I am
saying. That’s one consolation you can give me” (21:2). Listening to people lets
them know we care.
If you know someone who is grieving, drop by for a visit, engage in their pain,
and listen when they’re ready to talk. God can use you to bless those who mourn,
so that they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). —Jennifer Benson Schuldt
What might prevent you from reaching out to hurting people? What
are some ways you could communicate God’s love to a grieving friend?
- Tongues Afire - When have you recently endured the wound of another person’s words?...read more
- True Fellowship - What comes to your mind when you hear the word fellowship?...read more
- After 35 - What does it mean for you to rely on God in all things?...read more
- The Failure Wall - In what ways do you need to be prepared for encounters with spiritual enemies?...read more
- Worship 101 - What can you praise God for today?...read more
- Distance - What expectations do you have of fellow church members when it comes to meeting your needs?...read more
- Sarcasm and Sincerity - Do your words provide a safe environment for others?...read more
- Empty Spaces - What’s taking up space in your heart?...read more
- Showing the Way - How prepared are you to share your faith with others?...read more
- New Address? - Where’s the line between worrying and simply pondering a decision?...read more
- Real Stewardship - How are you using your gifts and talents to bring God to others?...read more
- Korah’s Redemption - How has God revealed His redeeming ways to you?...read more
- Stuff We Need - How can you give lavishly to God and others today?...read more
- Rising Above - What difficulties have caused you to experience distress recently?...read more
- God Our Restorer - Are you in need of God’s restorative power today?...read more
- You're Called - Are you dissatisfied with your present calling?...read more