For Better – For Worse

for better for worseFor some reason I got up this morning thinking about Job. That doesn’t happen very often.

Job is an interesting fellow. It is said of him, he was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. Job 1:1
It’s quite a great honor when God takes time to say these things about you.

Job is a sanctifier – he sets aside his family and consecrates them to holiness.

I’m sure he demonstrated this blameless integrity he had before his wife and children. It goes so far to say that his children would have big parties. After the celebrating, Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice. Job 1:5

Truly he was a man that loved and feared God as well as loved and prayed for his children.

But along the road that leads to happiness and security is a bump or two. Job’s came in the form of a spiritual challenge. He was met with disaster that destroyed and took away all he owned.

He lost his farm animals to raiders and bad weather – all in all – 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. Job 1:3

He lost his ten children to a storm.

All of this in one day!

Not long after, he was physically afflicted when struck with terrible boils from head to foot. Job 2:7

Despite all that happened, Job refused to blame God, throw a fit, or have a pity party.

One of the final straws had to be from the woman that he loved – the mother of his children. His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” Job 2:9

I’ve often blamed her for not standing by him, and then I remember what she has lost. She, too, lost her children. She has watched as their farm is destroyed and livelihood is gone.
And she has to endure something that Job doesn’t; she has to watch the husband she loves suffer with pain from head to toe.

It is hard to watch someone you love so much suffer through so much. I would rather something happen to me than my wife, children, or grandchildren.
I understand how she wanted his suffering to end.
I don’t understand her advice to curse God.

I’m pretty sure Job prayed and sacrificed with and for her. That he maintained his Godly integrity in the privacy of their home. She knew to worship God with him and perhaps only saw one way out – curse God and die.

It is in life’s lowest moments that a person will turn to God and pray. Seemingly when that bottom is reached and there is nowhere else to turn, some turn to God.
Job stayed with God – his wife – not so much.

If you truly love someone you will stay with them, as it says, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer; through sickness and health, till death do us part.

I think Job’s wife stayed around. When she told him to curse God and die, he sanctified her.
“You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. Job 2:10

She is told that such talk is foolish. She is told bad things happen to good people. She is told by Job, “If I’m willing, you should be also!”
He demonstrates to her a living example of Godliness.

I believe she stuck to him and saw him through this also; you don’t have more children without a wife.
The Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. Job 42:12-13

Sanctify your spouse and stick with each other!

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