Riddle Solved

Last time we looked at why Job’s wife wanted Job to curse God. In Job 2:9 his wife tells him to curse God and die. So the riddle was, why would his wife want him to curse God? Cursing God would not have fixed Job’s problems. Cursing God would not heal him, would not bring his children back to life and cursing God would not have restored Job’s possessions.  So why tell Job to curse God?

When we understand this riddle it opens our eyes to how the enemy, Satan, works. God’s word says James 4:7 KJV
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Notice the word resist not rebuke? Yes, we see rebuke in scripture too, but when Job was under attack he resisted he did not rebuke. That is a study in itself. But what about the riddle? Why would his wife want him to curse God when cursing God would not fix anything?

Remember in Job 1 & 2, God said Job was a perfect and upright man? God was talking to Satan comending Job and Job knew nothing about that conversation. God was bragging about Job to Satan. So what does this upright man say to his wife? She wants him to speak words against God and how does speaking words change anything?

We see from Job 2:10, Job answers his wife by saying:
~ You are speaking foolishly
~ We receive things at the hand of God – ( Another words, God knows the good and evil that comes upon us ) God does not make evil attack us but he knows when Satan and his evil workers come against us.

How do we handle these attacks? The end of verse 10 tells us a key. In everything Job went through, he did not sin with his lips. Job refused to say anything against God. How many times I have heard people, “Christians” say, why did God make this happen? What did I do wrong that God did this to me? Even certain denominations have taught God will get you so shape up.

These words have driven people away from the church, away from God. As Job said, these words speak foolishness. James 1:16-21 KJV
” Do not err, my beloved brethren.
[17] Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
[18] Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
[19] Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
[20] For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
[21] Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

There is a great nugget we glean from how Job handled his trials, to how God responded and the nugget is  Job 2:10 KJV  “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”

Job did not sin with his lips. What we say or what we speak in times of great trials really matters. It matters to God. It should matter to us. So what should we speak? You can go through the book of Job and read everywhere it says, Job said. And when your friends and family speak against you, against God, or blame you or “your sin” or blame God, you can not sin with your lips.

Our words are key to everything. Until next time.

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