If you are blessed with a life partner, hold each other up in your walk with God and in your awesome respect for his will. A core part of my strength and stability is my loving and faith-filled partnership with Lucy. We see today that in suffering, we need this support…
1 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
6 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
I am honing in on Job’s interaction with his wife. Satan received permission from God to afflict Job personally, and in his affliction, “Job did not sin in what he said.” In other words, he still did not blame God.
Do you have a limit?
Can you take a certain amount of hard knocks before you turn, but then you’ve had enough and push back? How does that work with God? Many of us would say you can harm me as long as you don’t harm my children. Job lost his children first before he was afflicted in his person. I bet he would have traded places with them in a minute…
Job teaches us a level of reverence and trust in God that would be hard for each of us to maintain. And for me, my partner in life is key to my response in many situations of life and faith. I walk together with Lucy and we hold each other up.
I cannot imagine sharing life with someone who didn’t share faith in Jesus. It would be unequal, disjointed, unbalanced, and risky.
I’m not saying Job’s wife didn’t love God, yet watch what happens. She said to Job, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” She didn’t expect him to still be holding it together. Perhaps she had already begun to curse God because she was past her own limit of what she could take. Job’s wife could see the proverbial writing on the wall. You might as well curse God and die, Job, this isn’t ending well…
I have said many times that one of the main reasons I can hold it together is that I have strength and stability in my home. I can’t imagine how lonely it would be for Job to hear these words from his own wife.
And maybe that’s the message of today. If God has blessed you with a life partner to walk with, make sure you are holding each other up in your walk with God and in your awesome respect for his will. You need each other and you can’t make it without each other…