Job was declared to be righteous by God Himself. Yet, Job, even though he was righteous, had great family, great fortune, and probably prestige among his peers lost all that he had; except for his life.
Job has been afflicted with great sores over his body; and this after the tragic events of the death of all his children, the loss of all his herds, and flocks, and even his wife’s support.
“So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.” Job 2:13 (KJB)
Three of Jobs friends come to visit him. They sit on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights, and no one; not even Job; says a word. For the friends; Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar; what can a friend say at a time of such loss and pain, both emotional and physical.
Sitting on the ground was a typical act of mourning. This act by Job’s friends showed they were sympathizing with him. As I thought of this this morning I remembered an account at the crucifixion of Jesus,
“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there…” Matthew 27:35-36
The friends may have been sympathizing with Job, but as we get into the story of the friends we find, that they must have been scheming as to what they might say, if Job talks.
For seven days and seven nights all is quiet. They are sitting on the ground. Maybe just waiting for a questionable comment from Job. Like with Jesus those sitting down were waiting to see. Waiting to see if perhaps, he would condemn himself, maybe, waiting to see if God would come and deliver him.
For we Christians today it would do us good to sit on the ground with a friend; to mourn and grieve with them in their pain and loss; but let us take a lesson from Job; when they speak, let them speak without returning charges of blasphemy, guilt, and condemnation. Speak words of comfort, encouragement, and strength. While sitting on the ground be still; be quiet; and know that the LORD is God.