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Job’s wife waited

…but not in a manner worthy of imitating!

Before I go on, I want to thank you for your comments. They mean the world to me. It is when I understand that God has used my time trials for His glory, that my pain has not been in vain, that is when I can priase Him and understand the greater picture.

Of all the devastating stories in the Bible Job’s tops the list.   

Job was a very rich man with a wonderful family. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys. Many servants servants worked for him. He was the greatest of all the men of the east.The Bible says he wasblameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.  I would’ve liked to have been his neighbor. He lived in Uz. Wherever that is I don’t know! Somewhere in the East. It seems his children knew how to have fun.  His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all. It seems Job was a good daddy also.

You can read all about him in the book of Job. He is an amazing man. He lead an inspiring life.

Suddenly, in a series of devastating storms, attacks, and raids Job lost everything- his family and possessions. Everyone and everything except his wife and friends.

“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’  Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” (Job 1:20-22 NASB)

Wow. He had every reason to push back. He was left with nothing. Yet, his first response was to praise the Lord. Railing against God, doubting Him, walking away from our Father never gets us anywhere and really it doesn’t make us feel any better. I know. I’ve railed at God, screamed at Him, threatened Him with walking away, and doubted His ways. Nothing changed!

I’ll tell you one thing. There was nothing dignified about the ways I have behaved during the times I have had to wait out my storms or attacks from the enemy. I emerged frazzled, red eyed, with no direction.

Not so Job. He worshipped God and gave him all the glory.

Several years ago a radio announcement of horrible crash on a road in town kept many mothers’ rapt attention. We knew the busy road. It took many student drivers to school each morning. We hoped our worst fears would not be confirmed. Unfortunately a beautiful Christian young lady was killed in that accident. Phone calls flew back and forth reporting her car as being in the middle of the crash. Her mother heard the news  yet had to wait for confirmation. I can only imagine the terror, the panic, the horror as she waited for confirmation. I am sure she prayed, “Let them be wrong. Don’t let it be my baby.”  The moment came when she was told and her worst fears were realized. Do you know what she did? Hold on. You will cry.

She fell to her knees and raised her hands to the heavens. She cried out, “Blessed be the name of the Lord. He gives and He takes away.”

Breathe in. Breathe out.

There was another woman. She was Job’s wife. We don’t know her name. The Bible simply says Job’s wife. She is one I learn from- how not to wait.

Not only did Job lose everything, he was also struck with scabs and sores that caused him great anguish:  

“The Adversary departed from the Lord’s presence and struck Job with severe sores from the sole of his foot to the top of his head. Job took a piece of broken pottery to scratch himself and sat down on a mound of ashes. Job’s wife said to him, ‘Are you still clinging to your integrity? Curse God, and die.’

Job said to her, ‘You’re talking like a foolish woman. Will we receive good from God but not also receive bad?’ In all this, Job didn’t sin with his lips.” Job 2:7-10 NASB)

We have a choice. We can fall to our knees and praise God or we can curse Him and die. We can follow the way of the foolish or walk in wisdom.

Father God. Oh how I long to be a wise woman of dignity. I know I am yours. I praise You for doing everything within your power to reveal yourself to me. No other God would show His love toward me the way you do. NO other God would go to such extremes to get my attention to teach me valuable lessons. Strengthen me Father to trust You. I want to fact my time trials like Your friend Job. Thank you for sharing His story. His life helps us in our unbelief to believe and praise you in every circumstance.

 

 

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