“THE LORD’S TABLE”
March 11th, 2022
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2: 9 – 10
Job’s wife has lost her 10 children, wealth and speaks to her husband with a sharp tongue that is coated in deep anguish and hopelessness. Her mental and emotional being is crushed with all that has happened and as looks at her husband covered in hardened scabs and festering sores. The pain is unbearable, and her words echo her heart; better to curse GOD and die then continue to live in this anguish and witness my husband in this physical decaying state. She is demanding her husband to renounce GOD; leave GOD, walk away from Him; there is no other reason to live this life. Why should you continue to worship GOD when He has put you in this state? Why should you continue to acknowledge GOD when He has taken your children and destroyed all that we have worked so hard to build? It is GOD that has given you this fate of sudden destruction and allowed death to walk into your home, why don’t you turn your back on GOD and die!
“Do you still hold fast to your integrity? “She says to Job. Her image as the wife of an upstanding citizen, a man whose wisdom was sought after at the city gate is no longer viable, Job 29:7. Could she be the laughingstock of the land? Could her name ignite whispers of a curse and branded a outcast? Satan was granted permission from GOD to attack Job by shaking his faith but, he failed Heb 10:23. He succeeded in destroying his wife by shaking her own faith in GOD. I am sure that Job was saddened by his wife’s sudden outburst of anger and doubt toward her faith in GOD. She looked at her situation and reacted naturally as a mother and wife; there is no cure to the boils and scabs, no resurrecting the bodies of our 10 ten children, no restoration of our stolen wealth from the foreigner; so, what better way to deal with life: curse GOD and wait to die!
Job did not accuse his wife of being a foolish woman, but of speaking like one of the foolish women. He knows that this was out-of-character for his wife. She lacks discernment of the situation. Satan is a master strategist but not as intelligent as our GOD, his strategy was to sow strife between this husband and wife, and he succeeded in turning the couple against each other. She ridicules his unwavering faith in GOD, and he calls her a fool.
Can you identify with Job? Can you speak from experience like Job’s wife? How many times have we blamed GOD for all the “bad” that is happening to us or happened to us? How many times to do chastise GOD for the injustices occurred within us and around us? How many times have we cursed GOD because of the pain that we have had to suffer based on someone else’s decision and action? Proverbs 19:3 “The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the Lord”.
In these words, “shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” Job recognized that God does not owe us good; He gives it as a gift that we should accept. If we are faced with a very difficult time and adversity comes to us, then a child of GOD must learn to see that even in adversity there may be a “gift” that we should accept. Job 13: 15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. I will still defend my ways to His face”
In all this Job did not sin with his lips: children are dead, wealth lost, property destroyed, body afflicted with sores, a nagging wife and yet, there were no negative confessions out of his mouth. How challenging for the human emotions when faced with such an unimaginable occurrence, is it possible to exhibit the “calmness and maturity” of Job? What spiritual lesson and spiritual discipline can you learn from the “patience of Job”? James 1: 12 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds”,
In His Name,
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