Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We Men Don't Need A Wife Like Job's

In Job 2, we find a conversation between God & Satan. I want to start with verses 4-5: Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face." 

What we see here is that the devil is assuming that if Job's health fails, that he will curse God. In other words, the devil is saying that God must only allow good things (and is protected by God) and that is why Job serves Him. So God, in His infinite wisdom, says in verse 6: "Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life."

Immediately, the devil plagues Job's life. Notice that his wife wasn't touched. We usually say this: the devil killed everyone (in chapter 1) except Job's wife. 

Now dropping down to verse 9 (and this is the focus): Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die."

Now Job had enough sense to say that she talks like a foolish woman. Job's wife wanted Job to curse God and die, what she probably didn't realize was that she was a tool for the devil. His wife wanted only good things and blaming God for the bad things (as well as ridiculing her husband). 

As I think about the marriage vows, I believe there are lines that say "in sickness & in health, for richer or poorer." I guess Job's wife would've probably rewritten the vows to say something like this: "I will marry you as long as you're rich and in good health." Granted, that sounds like many Hollywood marriages today. I will take that further to say that these vows are in the minds of many people who say they're Christians. Job understood the marriage vow to God. He said in verse 10b: Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil? That meant Job was in this marriage with God for life.

So many in the church today want to blame God for the bad things, but want the double portion without going through the trials that Job did. That's actually for another blog post (soon to come), but back to this lesson. We men need a woman who understands the marriage vows (just like the women need us to understand it also). Because they say "behind every successful man is a good woman" (I'll say this, behind every successful man is a faithful woman), we men don't need a wife like Job's.

Peace & blessings
The "Mayne Man"

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