Satan took all from Job except his wife and his life. In spite of all the loss in Job’s life, he remained resolute in his faith. So Satan gains permission to afflict Job’s health. God draws the line at taking is life. Satan covers Job’s body from head to toe with painful sores. Satan assures God that this will break Job as a person is willing to give anything to save one’s own life.
Have you ever been in a stretch of a few bad breaks? You are down but holding on, and then one more thing happens. It is easy to feel like giving up at this point. It’s tempting to scream out, “Why God?!” In these moments, words of encouragement from our spouse and close friends are essential to maintaining our faith and to keep our spirits up.
As Job’s wife sees him covered in cores, sitting in ashes, she offers these words: “Curse God and die.” Can you imagine those being the first words from your spouse after being afflicted with one more thing? She may have meant well, seeking to end his pain. Job did not take it that way though. I would not have either. Job’s response reveals his wisdom and the depth of his faith. Job understands that life brings both the good and the bad. He asks her, “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” He understands that both are a part of life.
Job’s answer also reminds us that God is present with us in both the good and in the times of trial. It is important in times of trial to acknowledge that it is difficult. But it is even more important to remember that God is always a present source of strength in the midst of our troubles.
Scripture reference: Job 2: 4-10