Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 14th, 2019
His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” 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.
Job 2:9 (NIV)
Curse God and Die
There is an undeniable global fascination with lotto winners who hit it big, and what comes after for them. Type “lottery winners who …” into Google and it spits back “went broke … lost it all … blew it all … died.” They call it the curse of the lottery winner. Try searching Google Scholar, and you’ll see no shortage of academic studies examining things like whether living next door to a winner bankrupts neighbours who try to keep up with the newly-wealthy Joneses.
Job had a tough time. He has become known throughout the world as an example of how tough life can be. He lost his family, his position and his wealth. But he didn’t lose his faith, in spite of some pretty horrible advice he was getting from those who should have been his most ardent encouragers. In what is perhaps the worst bit of advice ever given, when Job was at his lowest, Job 2:9 says, “His wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’ 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.” Now there is some really bad advice – curse God and die. While it is true that we can feel like doing that when things get tough, it is not what the Bible counsels. In spite of what everyone else was saying, Job stays strong. If you are going through a tough time right now, it is best to heed Job’s words. No matter how bad things got, Job kept on trusting that God was faithful, whether the days were sunny or not.
These have been words from the heart.