READ : Job 2:7–10
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” (v. 9)
It is regretful that we must judge Mrs. Job by her one recorded statement in which she urged Job to “curse God and die.” We must remember that she too had shared in the loss of family and possessions. Had she cracked under the strain? Or did she know that one sure way to strengthen Job’s faith and determination was to taunt him about God? Whatever her motive, we can be thankful that instead of taking her advice to “curse God and die,” Job resolved to have faith and live.
In 1953 a tornado leveled many homes in the area where I now live, killing 116. Stricken survivors, in the aftermath of tragedy, could probably have identified with Job. And some, faced with sudden loss of loved ones and possessions by an unexplained “act of God,” might have been tempted to “curse God and die.” But of course God does give us an answer in his Word. And that answer is to have faith and live—eternally.
There is a way that can take us through the turbulence. There is a way that points beyond sorrow and affliction—even beyond that dark day of death at Calvary. Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). (originally published September 6, 1968)
We are beginning to glimpse the way that transcends all others. Lead us, O Christ, that we may taste of your way. Amen.