“It was another amazing dinner!”
Jake was sharing photos of a recent gourmet dinner that his sister’s boyfriend had prepared for their family. The boyfriend was a professional chef, owning several restaurants. We were both salivating over the unique culinary creations and I was quite envious. As we reveled in the epicurean delights, his face suddenly became solemn and he said, “I have some good news and some bad news.”
I thought he was about to share an update about his sister and her boyfriend but the topic abruptly turned to himself and his company. “Last week Friday, we received our Series D funding-$35 million dollars!” We both smiled, understanding the importance of this milestone. Four years earlier, he and his wife founded a medical information company and its meteoric growth had attracted the attention of many large venture capital firms. I was ready to high-five him in celebration but I was reticent, unsure what he was about to share next.
“We were obviously excited and were planning to share the good news with the rest of the company on Monday morning. But on Saturday afternoon we received a call from the investors and were asked to meet with them in their hotel room the next evening. When we arrived, we were handed documents informing us that we were fired.”
Jake and I stared at each other in silence. So many unanswered questions swirled through my mind but it was not the right time to discern the sordid details. Jake was hurting and I needed to listen. I needed to be his friend.
And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.
Job 2:13 (ESV)
In a very short period of time, Job was devastated with the loss of all his children, his property, and his health. His three friends heard of his plight and came to his side. There would be a time in the future to discuss the grisly details but for that moment, silent support was the solace that he needed. Because of Job’s steadfast faith in God’s promises, he persevered and God restored all that was taken away from him.
God always comforts us in our deepest and darkest moments. His promises are trustworthy because He lived a life as a Man, scorned, tortured, and led to die a humiliating death on the Cross. God raised Him from the dead and through the power of the Resurrection, all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will receive salvation and eternal life.
When our friends and loved ones are hurting, we need to be supportive. We should offer God’s for only He can reach the depths of our souls and provide the answers we are all seeking to find meaning and purpose in our pain.
God is holding each of us-tenderly, so that we may cry; firmly, so that we do not despair.
This is the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.