Job agrees with Bildad's argument that our lives are meaningless without God, but he struggles to see how that applies to him. He cannot imagine a moment when he would smile again or rejoice in the good work of the Lord in his life. His suffering stunted his ability to be happy, and he simply could not see how God could change that. Looking in from the outside can sometimes cause us to judge a person for those "negative" feelings, but that is not where we need to focus our attention. Our most important responsibility during times of tragedy is to listen. We cannot fix every issue, but we can let people process and walk with them through the stages of grief. As the shock wears off, people's mind begin to work overtime to fix their own problems, and what they need most is our listening ears. Stop trying to fix every problem that a hurting person faces; instead, walk with them as they face those problems and listen as they try to deal with them emotionally. Job was crying out for a friend who would listen. You and I can be that person in someone's life as they face their suffering or tragedy head-on.

Help me, Lord, to listen and to love that person who is hurting in my life. Help me to walk closely with them and help them process the emotions and questions that come from suffering and tragedy.