You can find the story of Job in the book of, well, Job in the Bible. Job (pronounced with a long "o" sound and not a short "o" sound) was a very blessed man. Job 1:2 tells us that he was blessed with 7 sons and 3 daughters. He was well blessed with cattle (7,000 sheep plus camels, oxen, and more!), too. If you were to look at Job, you would definitely think that he had it all together!
One day, however, things started to change. Job 1:13-19 tells us how everything changed for Job. Animals were stolen, servants were slewn, children were killed.
Job did a very important thing next. He didn't question God or ask "why me?", nope! The Bible tells us that he fell to the ground and worshipped!
"the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." Job 1:21
Job realized that it was God who was in control of everything and regardless of rather He was giving or taking away, we should still bless His name!
"And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause." Job 2:3
HUGE pat on the back for Job! The Lord Himself saw that Job was an upright man, one that feared God, despite life circumstances.
Wish the same could have been said about Job's wife.
See, the next phase for Job was him getting boils from his head to his toes!
Tragedy had struck Job over and over and over again and the words out of Job's wife were "Curse God and die" (Job 2:9). Hmmmm.... Ladies, how many times have we given up on God when the hard times have hit? Have we stood firm for the first hit or two, but after a little bit we've just had all that we think we can handle?
Here's what Job himself had to say about that.
"But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." Job 2:10
Great point, Job! The story continues and things just got worse for Job. Not only was his wife encouraging him to give up, but so were his friends. In the end, God rewarded Job by restoring all the things he had lost.
Let's take just a few more moments to look at Job's wife though.
The going got tough and Job's wife wanted to quit. She wanted to give in. Do we do that? Supporting our husbands are one of the greatest things we can do. As a pastor's wife, there have been times when it has seemed that everyone- including God- has been against my husband. I had two choices during those times. I could conform to those around me and blame my husband like they were, or I could stand by my husband's side and encourage him, pray for him, and love him. Instead of telling Job just to give up and blame God, Job's wife would have been better off being the one who stood by his side.
There are lots of great examples in the Bible and Job's wife is a great example of what not to do!