JOB 8 - Fatal Advice
6. So the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life."
7. Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
8. And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
9. Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
10. But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
God was allowing Job's motives for serving God to be tested in this difficult time of Job's life.
The first part of the test was that Job lost all his businesses and all his children.
Satan was sure that because of these losses, Job would give up on God: but Job did not.
Next God allowed Job to lose his health. Satan felt sure that this time Job would renounce his faith in God: but all Job did was to go into mourning over his terrible losses and reverses.
Then Job's wife felt she had to say something. She advised Job to do the worst thing he could ever have done in such a situation: renounce his faith in God and die.
When we are in situations like the one Job was in, someone always comes along to give us this kind of really unhelpful and destructive advice.
1. A wise woman builds her house,
while a foolish woman tears hers down by her own efforts.
Job's wife, by her words was tearing down her house by her own words.
Let us be wise and never make destructive statements like Job's wife did either to others or to myself.
Father, forgive me if I have been using my words in a destructive manner as Job's wife did. I no longer want to tear down with my words but to build up.
Give me wisdom in my speech from today onwards in my life,
in Jesus' name,
See you tomorrow, God willing!