I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. — John 14:16
READ JOB 16:1-5
Let's paint a picture: William was sick. Really sick! Diagnosed with a nervous system disease, the little boy suffered from temporary paralysis. His anxious parents prayed. And waited. Slowly, William began to recover. Months later, when doctors cleared him to attend school, all William could manage was a slow, unsteady walk.
One day his dad visited him at school. He watched his son haltingly descend the steps to the playground. And then he saw William’s young friend Perry come alongside him. For the entire recess, as the other kids raced and romped and played, Perry slowly walked the playground with his frail friend.
Job must have ached for a friend like Perry. Instead, he had three friends who were certain he was guilty. “Who ever perished, being innocent?” asked Eliphaz (Job 4:7). Such accusations prompted Job to bitterly declare, “Miserable comforters are you all!” (16:2).
How unlike Jesus. On the eve of His crucifixion He took time to comfort His disciples. He promised them the Holy Spirit, who would be with them forever (John 14:16), and assured them, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (verse 18). Then, just before He returned to His Father, He said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
The One who died for us also walks with us, step by painstaking step.
REFLECT & PRAY
Father, we tend to say too much to our hurting friends. Help us choose our words wisely. Teach us to walk slowly with those in pain, as You walk patiently with us.