Job 2:10, “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks…In all this Job did not sin with his lips”
“I woman X take you Job to be my lawfully wedded husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part”. I do not think the vows are taken seriously in our time like in the past. These days people say one thing but mean something else. And here I want to understand what Job’s wife was getting into when she married Job.
First let’s explore some things about Job, God says in Job 1:8, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none life him on earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So Job was righteous man. He was a very rich man, very generous in giving because God has blessed him. Now we cannot tell if this woman married Job when he was already wealthy. We do not know the reasons why she married him, but we do know for sure that there were qualities in a man that she desired and Job had them. They were blessed with 10 children, seven boys and three girls. Job was a family man, always caring for his family, providing for them and more so, always praying and offering sacrifices to God on their behalf, just in case there was sin in their lives. What a family until the accuser of the brethren accuses Job of serving God because of what he has. A question always asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people (of course only God is good)?”, I’m still trying to get an answer to that question myself however this is one thing I believe, John 15:3, “…every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear MORE fruit“. When bad things are happening at times it is not that someone sinned, it could be that they are being pruned to bear more fruit. The process of pruning is cutting out stuff. To the normal eyes, it’s getting rid of things we consider valuable and fruit bearing, but the person who is pruning knows better.
What happens when everything you thought was going to work out or remain is taken away? Job lost all his possessions, his children leaving with his companion, his wife. I ask myself, why did God leave the wife when everything was taken away from him? Could it be that God wanted to leave him someone who will be there for him and with him? To encourage him and give him hope. Anyone can stand with someone when everything is going on well, but people really need someone when all hell is breaking loose. See at first everything was taken away, then his skin was affected. This woman held on when her children were gone, she held on when all the possessions were gone. Her husband finally gets boils in his body and though she has not been attacked physically, emotionally spiritually, socially, mentally she is drained. Too much to handle. Mark this, pressure can drive someone to say or do things they would normally not say or do. Check when you are under pressure what comes out of your mouth and the things you do. People who come around will say, “you are not yourself”. I can’t blame her for being in this state. Remember the vows, for richer or poorer, in health and in sickness, easier said than done. One song artist said, “If you catch hell don’t hold, if you are going through hell don’t stop”
Job 2:9, “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? curse God and die!” We can tell this is not like her. Let us analyze why she would have said it, perhaps she saw her husband in such pain and was sympathetic to him and did not want him to go through this pain anymore. May be if this man died, she would be free from the law to marry someone else. Sad enough, there have been men and women who desired their spouses dead and had reasons such as to collect insurance, claim the house and vice versa etc. We do not know what really drove this woman to speak these things, maybe she was just under pressure and needed to release some steam.
Job 2:10, “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks…In all this Job did not sin with his lips“. I am blown by Job’s response to her, he said, “you speak AS (LIKE) one of the foolish women“. Job honored his wife, loved her, cared for her and when he really needed her, she was there. Therefore when she said curse God and die, he responded, you speak as or like a foolish woman. He did not call her foolish. One of the reasons he stayed without sin is because of how he honored God and treated his wife. The bible says, “…In all this Job did not sin with his lips“. This was a special woman believe it or not, she did stumble but read the whole book of Job, she did not leave him. She stuck by him through trials, pain, suffering, sickness you name it. What was the secret of their marriage? When astronauts are heading to space, they work as a team. If they fail, they fail together, the work together to resolve what the problem is to have a successful mission and safe landing. They do not call it a quit when one of the engines goes dead, they will try and revive it, use different methods to stabilize the space ship. They stuck by each other therefore God knew what He was doing when he let her remain by his side when he took everything including their children away. Their greater ending was greater than their beginning because in spite of how things started, God used the situation to prune Job even more causing him to bear more fruit. Husbands, thank God for your wives, they are special people on your side. Wives be grateful, you are part of the big picture. Everything will come and go, but you will have each other because Father knows child, Father knows best. Blessings Evans