Not Very Encouraging!

Job was one of the most righteous men in the Bible. He was also one of the richest. However, he suddenly lost everything he had. His children all died at the same time. He lost his livestock, the source of his wealth. Then he lost his health. Covered from head to toe with painful boils, he sat there in misery.

Ah, but at least he still had his wife. Surely his beloved spouse would give him the comfort he needed in his time of trouble.

Job 2:9 says, “His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

That is not exactly the kind of encouragement you would expect from the person who is supposed to love you more than any other human being! It is not surprising that we never see Mrs. Job nominated for “Spouse of the Year”.

In spite of this lack of encouragement, Job did maintain his integrity. He did voice some questions, but he never lost his faith in God, and he was rewarded in the end.

The lesson is this: Hold on to your faith no matter what. Don’t let any circumstances—no matter how negative or how drastic—keep you from living out a life of faith. Don’t let any person—no matter who it might be—discourage you from believing that there is a God who loves you very much, and that He will reward you in the end.

 

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