Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A biblical woman you DON'T want to be like!

Job's Wife

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!


bethany said...

Thank you for posting this. I really needed to read something like this today

Jennifer said...

Actually, Job did express a great deal of faith by saying that God gives and takes away. The reason, however, that he attributed these things to God (when in fact they were Satan's doings) was because he was not aware of the existence of Satan. That had yet to be revealed to mankind. And so really it did take a profound amount of love for him to stick by a God whom he *thought* was doing him harm.

However, at no point in the scriptures does God condemn his wife. This man had been a wonderful husband, father and provider. This man, who has been all that to her, was actually staying away from his family to spare them the stench of his illness. All she could do was to sit by helpless, without any explanation for anything. Would we want to continue to see someone suffer? Or would we want their misery to end?

When Job's wife said “curse God and die,” she wasn't being disloyal to God. She wanted her husband's misery to end. It was an act of love. In the end, not only was she not reproved by God, but she was also blessed with everything that Job received: more children, more wealth, and a healthy husband.

Erika said...

God allows things to happen, so while they were Satan's doing, God still allowed it. When Job's wife said to "curse God and die" Job reprimanded her. That, alone, should tell us something! I personally find it interesting, Job's wife was not the one tried here, nor was she the one rewarded. Just because Job was rewarded in the end, does not mean that she was without fault, nor does it mean that SHE was rewarded. I take it very literally when she shows her emotions and we, as wives, need to be less like Job's wife and more like Job. Even if we wish the suffering would end, we should never encourage it. Like I said, God is in charge and He DOES allow the good and the bad. He alone is in charge of life and death.

Erika said...

And sin and Satan have been around since the beginning- when Eve was tempted.

Jennifer said...

Yes, sin and Satan have been around all the while. But humans were not aware of that just yet. That was revealed later. Therefore, Job had no clue he was being tested by Satan. That only goes to prove his strength, his faith, his endurance. If he, who did not know, could remain faithful; then certainly we, who do know of Satan and his wiles, can remain strong, faithful and endure.


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