JOB’S WIFE (1)

 

 

We just finished our women’ fellowship. We praised God with songs. Seven sisters shared testimonies. Some were healed, some were blessed with children and others had financial breakthroughs. The common thread was their humble gratitude and acknowledgment that God did it all! That God should take all the glory! It is very refreshing to listen to Spirit filled women and their stories of redemption! Then the message came. It was titled: JOB’S WIFE. Lastly we prayed for the fire of the Holy Spirit to come down.

“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)

Many people know the story of Job; how he had suffered unjustly and how God later rewarded him. Few consider Mrs. Job. Most regard her to be a trouble maker and a bad wife. They are not ready to extend any drop of grace to her. From what we read, Job had only one wife. This was rare in those days. The only explanation may be that he loved his wife very much. The Bible does not talk much about her. Her personal name is not on record. This is her story: she was a wife and a mother; she suffered with her husband and at last, she rejoices with him. Let the Holy Spirit guide us in the whole truth.

Job was a great man by any standards. He was ‘blameless and upright’ with God. He lived before Abraham. He was the richest and wisest man in the east. There is a popular saying: ‘behind every successful man there is a woman, or better said, a wife’. This is probably inspired from the Bible. A virtuous wife will stand behind her husband who becomes a man of God and a leader of men. If you think of it, Mrs. Job was possibly a virtuous wife. Read this: “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land” (PV 31:23)

From this we deduce that Mrs. Job was a successful strong woman, helping her husband succeed in life. Then what went wrong? In Chapter one, we see what happens in the Spirit’s realm ‘behind the scenes’. The devil provokes God. He is allowed to attack Job. Suddenly, the great man loses his ten children and all his wealth. This is a sudden tragedy few men had to endure. We forget that the pain was felt not only by Job, but by his wife as well. She too lost all her children and their wealth. Job speaks but his wife is quiet during this tragedy. Her silence speaks volumes. She did not curse God. We do not hear any complain from her during this time of trial. Her silence proves she was a mature woman of God. Then the husband becomes very sick. Painful boils cover all his body. There is no cure for his sickness. That is her breaking point. She cannot endure in silence and she speaks out from the pain stored in her heart. When she lost her children and her wealth, she could still trust God for a solution. But seeing her husband dying, she lost her faith completely. Her reaction tells us that she loves her husband very much.

Can you see the grace of God upon this woman? Can you see that in the past you have judged her too harshly, with me mercy at all? Can you see the work of the Cross in Job’s life, in his wife and marriage? The God who is able to cover our sins, because of the Blood of Jesus, He is my God! Forever! All glory to God!

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