When they saw him (Job) from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. Job 2:12-13 (NIV)
Job’s friends came to him when he was at a really low point. They saw their friend, once wealthy and prosperous, now barely recognizable. What did they do at that point? They mourned with him and they comforted him. They didn’t need to say anything to him. They were there sharing in his sorrow. These friends didn’t always make the best choices or have the best advice when it came to Job, but in this moment, they did the best thing they could have done. They wept for their friend and stayed with him at his level. Sometimes to receive help from our friends, we have to let them in and let them see us at our lowest. As a friend, sometimes the best thing you can do is just be there.
Be the friend that loves and is there at all times, not just when it is easy. Ask God to help you be there for those that you love.