SUMMARY: Job suffers
OVERVIEW: Job’s wife encourages him to curse God and die.
BIG IDEA: God is trustworthy, even in our pain.
KEY VERSE: Job 2:9–10 (Job and his wife)
His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
In your pain, people will disappoint you. Many will ignore you, some will condemn you, but a few will care for you. Be the few in others’ lives. Regardless of what you know of their situation, you will never know all. But I do. Allow me to bring judgment and conviction when necessary. I want you to be present in their lives. Unless I explicitly instruct you, say nothing. Instead, be present. Be available. Be a source of hope in their trouble.
Job suffered, and it had nothing to do with his actions or attitude. But Job was never alone. I was with him, and I limited what could be done to him. When you experience unexplainable pain, continue to look to me. Continue to trust me. Just as I was with Job, I will be with you. I will never forget you, even if it feels like I have. Trust me. Sing to me. Remember all the ways I have provided in the past. Overcome your pain by seeking to serve others. I am with you.
Consider what you say and do today. Do your words and actions point people to God or away from God? Seek to encourage 1-2 people today in specific, personal ways. If you’re not sure how to do so, ask how they are doing or how you can pray for them.