Dear Job’s Wife
“Don’t divorce him.”
[[Based on a True Story: Job 2:9-10.]]
Dear Job’s Wife,
They say, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from God” but I don’t know much of a good thing you were to Job. Though you didn’t say much, you said enough, enough to push him away from God, enough to destroy the man’s life.
“A good thing” what Job was anticipating as he was waiting for you at the altar as you walking down the aisle in your white dress. All the guests holding their camera towards your direction as you are smilingly walking to him for the first time. Arriving, holding each other hands and together you share these vows, “… for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part… I do!” Everyone are rejoicing and being merry because this wedding is filled with love. “You’ve got a good thing,” they say to Job. Years later, here comes the worse, the poorer and the sickness. You, his “good thing” says, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” What happened to his “good thing?” How could you say such a terrible thing?
I realized just because you said that doesn’t mean that you weren’t a good thing. You were crumbled at these catastrophes. You advised him based on how you felt at the time. You spoke out of every ounce of emotions you were feeling. Anger. Frustration. Resentment. Since, divorce wasn’t a thing yet, you sentenced him to death. Since death was the legal annulment of a marriage then. Perhaps, you were hoping that he would die so someone else would marry you and end this holocaust that you are enduring.
I find this interesting, God allowed these great calamities to strike, Job’s property was taken, his children were killed, his health was attacked. But as for you, he left you untouched and unharmed. I wonder why that was. In accordance with His original intent with Adam, “it is not good for man to be alone.” God left you so that as Job endures these hardships that you would be there to support him when his resilience weakens, you would be there to catch him when he falls. You would be there to help alleviate the absence of the children. In turn, you “file for divorce” because this was not what you signed up for.
Modern Day Job’s Wife, what she did was the equivalent to a divorce, divorcing God. Don’t follow suit. Do not conform to her actions. Thus, just after the worse, the poorer and the sickness comes, don’t be brisk to sign any papers to annul the marriage. Stick it out. Persevere and stay strong. When he is going through a tough time, pray for him. Help me get to the place where he can thrive. Don’t let him carry the burden alone. God gave him you for a reason. You and him are one. If he is going through, you are going through. If he is ill, you are ill. If he lives, you live. Help him live.
Strongly together & Inspired by,
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I actually like this perspective…it’s not spoken about much, if at all. Good assessment of her position and her failure to stand by her man during tough times….also, good job voicing her hardship as well.
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