We have been talking about the story of Job in our Wednesday evening Bible study at church. My fellow church goers love to get me riled up about women being mistreated and not respected within the church body. Let’s just say I get rather excited. So, I knew when we decided to study Job, the topic of his wife would get me stirred up.
Job is described as an upright and righteous man by God Himself. Hello, talk about the ultimate compliment from the one who made you in the first place! Several horrible events take place that wipe out everything Job owns and worst of all his children (seven sons and three daughters). He immediately begins to worship God despite all the heart breaking things that have happened.
Job develops sores all over his body and is miserable. Finally one day his wife looks at him and says, “Why are you still trying to hold on your integrity. What does it matter now? Just curse God and be done with it so you can die.”
Growing up I remember constantly hearing how foolish this woman was, how flaky, how flighty she was for even daring to speak those words. Seriously? Put yourself in her shoes…most of us probably all of us wouldn’t have held out as long as she did before throwing our hands up. We have trouble paying a credit card bill for something we couldn’t afford to purchase in the first place and we are ready to crawl in a hole and give up on life. The slightest bump in our road comes along and we start whining—yes, I said whining because we act like brats. Job and his wife lost everything they owned. That would be difficult to recover from, but it could be done. Can you imagine the grief of losing all your children in one day? Where do you go from that?
I tried to imagine myself in her shoes, but I couldn’t do it. Want to know why? They are her shoes and not mine. God didn’t call me to be Job’s wife, or anyone else for that matter. There are people out there that I share similar experiences with, but ultimately I don’t know exactly what ANYONE is thinking or feeling because their shoes don’t fit me.
We study the Bible and learn lessons from it. We are inspired by it. We see things that we can apply to our lives, but none of us should strive to be anyone other than who God made us to be. He sees our potential because He put it there. God created each of us as unique, special and wonderful beings. Of course He wants to spend time on us, investing in us, crafting us into a masterpiece…especially one with great shoes!