“Then his wife said to him, Do you still hold fast your blameless uprightness? Renounce God and die!” Job 2:9 Amplified
As we study the women of the Bible today we come to Job’s wife. We don’t know her name or much else about her other than she has seven sons and three daughters (Job 1:2) and she’s married to a very wealthy man.
Job was a good man who lived his life to please God so one would assume that his wife would be the same. Before we condemn her, though, for being mean and heartless let’s think about what has happened to HER by the time we come to our verse today. She has lost all of her children, her home and her belongings – on the Richter scale of stress events she’s at the top. How would you react to all of that? She’s obviously having a hard time dealing with all this tragedy and when she looks to her husband he says, “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” Those are wonderful, true words, I just don’t think she was ready for them. Then if things weren’t bad enough Job comes down with a bad case of “loathsome and painful sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” That apparently was the straw that broke the camels back for Job’s wife. She may have been unsure why all the previous calamities had happened, but now that Job had this mysterious skin condition she has presumed it’s something he did.
Job tries to take the spiritual high road above the cavalcade of misfortune that has occurred by telling her that she is foolish and impious. He further makes a good point for us as well stating, “shall we accept only good at the hand of God and shall we not accept also misfortune and what is of a bad nature?” This verse goes on to say that in spite of all this Job did not sin with his lips. His three friends then come to comfort him and it’s interesting that the scripture says he was disfigured beyond recognition. Then they sat in silence with him for seven days and nights.
For me I see from Job’s wife a woman who was so stressed out she spoke without thinking, I’ve been guilty of that. They needed to be consoling each other as husband and wife, but she couldn’t handle it any more. Unfortunately that often happens when tragedies occur.
We don’t know what becomes of Job’s wife, but at the end of the book it is written that once Job truly realized with spiritual eyes Who God was the Lord blessed him more than before. He also again had seven sons and three daughters. Was it from the same wife? We don’t know.
If we were Job’s wife with all that happened here would we react the same way she did. We don’t know. In the end Job had only God to rely on, maybe if his wife would have turned to God as we should, she wouldn’t have been so stressed.