So Job passes the first test of faith, but then Satan gets a second shot at him. God allows him to afflict Job’s body with boils. I can imagine these things being the most disgusting, heart-wrenching things to have oozing on top of your skin from head to toe! (Thank God I spared you the horrid pictures I found on google images!) And this has Job cursing the day he was born. But he doesn’t curse God! When his wife, sees how miserable he looks however, and she probably watches him scrape boils off his skin (maybe Job even asks her to scrape his back for him!); his wife seeing him sitting miserably in the midst of his ashes tells him to just curse God and die already! But Job responds:
“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.” (2:10)
What do your friends and family say when God is putting you through a series of tests and trials? Do they provoke you to good works? Do they encourage and exhort you in the Word?
Or do they say things that weaken your faith? How terrible it is when our loved-ones tempt us!
What is interesting is that Job doesn’t tell her that she is a foolish woman. Job tells her that she speaks as a foolish woman would speak. This to me indicates that Job’s wife has some knowledge and fear of God for herself, so Job reminds her that God is still omnipotent: “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”
The perspective Job’s wife foolishly took was one in which she was mindful of the things of man and not the things of God. In today’s society, we don’t believe God should punish or afflict or cause any trouble to our lives. We believe everything should be smooth. And, in a sense, it should be. Job questions this very notion in the next chapter: “Why is light given to him who is in misery, And life to the bitter of soul?” (3:20) Life should be good. So why in the world is their pain and misery? The answer deals with sin and the fall of man, leading to the corruption of the world (Book of Genesis).
Yet, even Christians seem to believe that all things in their life must be rosy. And we see some of the very arguments these Christians would incorrectly make coming from the mouths of Jobs friends in the next 40 chapters (I’ll try and sum those up at some point.) But this is a false doctrine. God sends rain on the just and the unjust. He blesses the good and the evil. One should be careful to never get carried away with themselves. I think the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom for a reason! We’re exhorted to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). God is a terribly, awesome God! And He also knows exactly what He is doing. He runs this show! His thoughts and ways are higher, wider, and deeper. We should never place ourselves in a position to question/condemn what He is doing but learn to trust Him in all things. We must learn to humble ourselves and look to him as our Master, our Judge, our Father. For all things work together for good to them that love God and are a called according to His purpose, (Romans 8:28) even that adversity your going through! Look at Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers! Or Samson betrayed by Delilah! Or Daniel and the three Hebrew boys! Or Esther and Mordecai! Or Job…..
Trust in the Lord with all your heart! Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. (Prov. 3:5)