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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wives of Job

Dont forget all the hard times you went through when you first received the light. Sometimes you were abused and mistreated in public, and at other times you shared in the sufferings of others. You were kind to people in jail. And you gladly let your possessions be taken away, because you knew you had something better, something that would last forever.
Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards.  Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what He has promised. 
Hebrews 10:32-35 (CEV)

Years ago, a girlfriend and I joked that we felt like the wife of Job, suffering by association. I hadn't thought about that for quite a while, until today. Today I'm feeling a little like Job's wife. Call me Mrs. Job.

Just about the time I want to feel sorry for myself, one of my friends allows me to laugh at myself, praying for me until I find a word that keeps me going. Today, it was Hebrews 10:35-36,
Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards.  Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what He has promised.
Matthew Henry's concise commentary reminds us that 
The Christian spirit is not a selfish spirit; it puts us upon pitying others, visiting them, helping them, and pleading for them. All things here are but shadows. The happiness of the saints in heaven will last forever; enemies can never take it away as earthly goods. This will make rich amends for all we may lose and suffer here. 
So, while we may endure trials, either our own or those of loved ones, we shall rejoice. We will be rewarded. It will get better. In the meantime, however, I am cranky and venting, and answering to the moniker Mrs. Job. (grrrr. Have you ever felt like Mrs. Job?)

So, I might be feeling like the wife of Job (poor girl, she is not even identified by name), but reaching back to the old spiritual, "I'm so glad that trouble don't last always."  I will keep on being brave, because I have a sense of humor. I will keep on being brave, more importantly because I am a prisoner of hopeI can't do it any other way.  Besides the empirical evidence that optimists live longer, survive illness and trials more successfully and with less measurable stress that others, it’s thankfully the way I’m wired.  It’s my perspective on the Universe, and I’m not inclined to change.

So Lord, while I cannot yet thank You for my trials (I'm not that evolved), I will thank You for never leaving me to face them alone. Even when I'm answering to Mrs. Job. Even then I am reminded that God is good.

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