Job 21:1-6 – “But Job answered and said, ‘Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations. Suffer me that I may speak; and after that, I have spoken, mock on. As for me, is my complaint to man? And if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled? Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth. Even when I remember I am afraid and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.’”
Job and his friends are talking, but not listening. Have you ever been in such a group conversation? Each of Job’s friends has been waiting, not to give him comfort in his distress (succor!), but to hear himself say what he wants to say next. Why is it so difficult for two or more people to communicate? Job laid his soul bare to God, allowing his friends to hear his questions and complaints to the Almighty. He was not whining to his friends, and even if he was, he had some pretty fair reasons to be distressed. He knew all the things they were reciting to him, perhaps even said them himself. He was so afraid he had angered God, he was shaking.