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March 28, 2013

Text: “Then his wife said to him, “‘Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die'”.But he said to her, ‘”you speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:9-10

Job had been  greatly blessed in material things as well as spiritual. We are told that Job “was the greatest of all the people of the east”. Job 1:3b  In the council of God, Satan appeared as the chief Prosecutor and God brags about him to the Devil. He says, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”

God allows Satan to afflict Job to test his fidelity. Satan dispossess Job of his children, worldly goods, and farming  endeavors. Lastly, God relents and lets Satan afflict Job’s body. The patriarch winds up in the dump ground, sitting on the ash heap, covered from head to toe with sores. However, Job remains true to God.

Enter Job’s wife, having lost her possessions and security, she seems to blame God for all of Job’s troubles. She offers advice to her justice-seeking husband. She mocks his faith in God, seeming to say, “Are you still trusting God after all He has done to you?”  Then she shows cynicism: “Curse God, and be done with Him! Die, and escape all these afflictions!”

Job’s response to this attack is gratifying to God and heartening to men. I quote in part, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil.” (Job 2:10b) We might say, “You’ve got to take the good with the bad.” God is not the author of evil. Satan is the author of evil. Don’t get angry with God when you meet misfortune. Ask yourself, “Who (or what) is the real source of this affliction?”

In actuality, Job is headed in the right direction. This says that Job is tough enough to take the blows of life. It matters not whence evil comes, what matters is that you have the fortitude of spirit to overcome it. Each day people succumb to the burdens of life: poverty, severe illness, desertion by friends, etc. The Christian suffers the same trials as others do, but with the help of God he can endure and overcome. Start early to overcome the little assaults that try to unseat you. Continue to build your spiritual excellence to face larger trials later.

The apostle Peter encourages us to “supplement (ESB: ASV “add to”) your faith with virtue” etc. II Peter 1:5-8

Oh, yes. Don’t listen to the advice of Job’s wife.

  1. Great advise. We have to realize that God is not the one harms us! That Satan is always looking for ways to get us to sin, and he uses all kinds of ploys to bring this about.

  2. Larry permalink

    Jesus tells us we’ll face hardships. But He didn’t tell us which ones or how they would be packaged. You’d think somehow they’d be branded–Look, this is from Satan. It’s disappointing and even disorienting when they come from those we trust.

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