“Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die. (Job 2:9)” The words of Mrs. Job are some of the most memorable in the entire book of Job. And, they're all we have left of her.
Because the book of Job is focused on, well, Job, we often don't think of her. But. She also lost her children. Seven sons. Three daughters. Children that she had carried inside her body. Babies that she had nursed at her breast. Toddlers that learnt their first words under her coaching, that had taken their first step towards her. Children that she had taught. Loved. Disciplined. Children that she prayed with and for, that she worried about and shed tears for.
She also lost the wealth that she had gotten accustomed to. She felt the loss of the animals and the farmhands. She knew the loss of the sheep and the shepherds. She felt the loss of the camels and the murdered servants.
This woman knew loss. There must have been times when she wanted to wail and scream and beat her chest. At least, that's what I would have done. The only member of her family that she had left was her husband. Oh how she must have clung to him in her pain and despair. And then one day, there it was...
What is that? A boil? And another one ... and another one ... oh my word! He's covered in boils!
"Curse God and die!" The one person that she could have drawn comfort from is now "untouchable". These words came from a very bitter place in her soul.
Did she have an intimate relationship with God? We don't know. Her words seem to suggest otherwise. But maybe it was that her pain blocked her view of a loving God. She no longer saw Him as her provider, God of love and mercy. Now He was the destroyer - robber of all she held dear. Mrs. Job had to learn the hard way that:
Much ado is made of Job's anguish. Mainly because he was so vocal about what he was feeling. But isn't it typically the woman who is upfront with her feelings? If the husband was so distraught about all that he had experienced, can you imagine how much worse his wife must have felt about it? Her epic silence is a very loud picture of her emotional state.
"Curse God and die." Was she hoping for a swift punishment for herself from the Almighty hand of God? I don't know. But the story ends the same way for her as it did for Job - she is blessed more at the end of her life than she was at the beginning. Maybe like Job she was able to say of God, "I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes (Job 42:5)".
Do you have an intimate relationship with Christ? Having Him as your Friend and Savior is the only way to make it through the storms of this life.
Lord Jesus, I pray that You will enter the chambers of my heart, live out Your life within me that Your name may be glorified. In Your name. Amen.
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