Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Job's Wife

Ok, dear bloggy friends. I know my posts are getting fewer and further between. Please forgive me. (I know you all are just on the edge of your seats each day. . .;0) I am now 38 weeks pg and, of course, always dealing with a disagreeable internet service.

Anyway. . . .I do want to share something with you that I noticed in the Scriptures the other day. In church Sunday, someone read aloud from the book of Job. Job had already lost his servants, his sheep, his camels, and, worst of all, his children. Then Satan struck Job with painful boils all over his body. At this point, based upon what the Scriptures share, Job's wife becomes not so encouraging.

"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).

Wow. How many of us would respond to such terrible tribulations with the faith and "integrity" of Job, or would we be like Job's wife and "one of the foolish women?"

And how often do we miss opportunities to encourage and lift up our husbands in times of much less tragedy? I think it often takes so little for us to remove our focus from the Lord and eternal things. When our mind is on the temporal things of this earth, we easily miss the opportunities to be the help-meet God has called us to be.

Consider the following words from the Bible:

"Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established" (Proverbs 24:3).

"The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands" (Proverbs 14:1).

"There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health" (Proverbs 12:18).

"As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion" (Proverbs 11:22). Don't you love that one?

"Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord" (Proverbs 19:14).

"Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman" (Proverbs 21:9). (Interestingly, this verse is repeated in Proverbs 25:24.)

Wow, the Lord is reminding us of the importance of wisdom, discretion, and prudence.

It is easy to see the folly of Job's wife's response, but how easily do we see the folly of our own ways? Let's don't wait until our hubbies have retreated to the corner of our housetops before we evaluate our responses to him and the wisdom (or lack thereof) of our ways.

In the Heart of our Home,

1 comment:

Mama Hen said...

Stop looking in my window!