Curse God and Die

So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.  And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.  Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity?  curse God, and die.

Job 2:7-9

We probably all know the story of Job and his horrible suffering.  At his lowest point, instead of being a comfort and encouragement, his wife tells him to “curse God and die.” 

I was reading this passage the other day, and, no matter how many times I read it, I am always amazed at Job’s wife’s attitude.  Maybe it’s the vehemence with which I imagine that she says those famous words “curse God, and die.”  Whatever it is about that statement, it is a chilling one.  The commentary I looked at on these verses brought out two interesting thoughts that I thought I would share.

1. To the heathen, a god is only good so long as he causing things to go well.  As long as they are prosperous, they will continue to worship whatever god they have chosen.  However, at the first sign of difficulty or trial, they are quick to reject and abandon their “god.”  Job’s wife was probably in favour of his “religion” as long as things were going well.  But when their world came crashing down, she was immediately ready to reject God.  The difference between the Christian and the heathen is that the Christian realizes that God will bring trials and tribulations into his life in order to test and purify him.  Which brings us to the second point:

2. Seeing a Christian suffer and not complain is one of the things that the Lord will use to draw people to Himself.  How many have been converted through the ages after witnessing someone being martyred for their faith, and dying praising the Lord?  It is something that the natural man cannot understand.  Why would someone “retain their integrity” and continue to praise and thank the Lord when they are going through such severe trial?  There is only one explanation: Jesus.  He is our strength and will help us to not only survive the trials and troubles of life, but will use us to bring others to Himself.  It is confusing and even bothersome for the ungodly person to see a godly person bearing a heavy burden cheerfully.  And, sometimes, out of that confusion comes a desire to know the cause behind the Christian’s hope and joy.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, this one has me crying. I am not under what Job is, but to go through what He has asked me to without complaining . . .yes. And to know why specifically . . .to draw others. Yes. This will make trials easier and smile worthy knowing that He is using them in this way. 🙂 God bless you!

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    • Thank you, Deb. It does make trials a litle easier when we know that He is using them for something. Maybe He is using them for something that we may never see. But we can be confident that He knows what is best, even if we don’t always understand it.

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  2. Ben, I like this thought: “To the heathen, a god is only good so long as he causing things to go well.” That is so true. I’ve seen people reject God because He doesn’t fix every problem in the world, end world hunger in one fell swoop, heal all the amputees by restoring their limbs, etc. A fellow blogger responded to this by saying that God is more concerned with our soul and spiritual well-being than with our physical comfort. Sometimes it takes the trials and tribulations of life to improve our spiritual well-being and bring us to the point of trusting in God so that all is well with our soul. Peace, Linda

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    • That’s a good response and it is true that God is more concerned with our spiritual wellbeing than He is with our comfort. In fact, if making us uncomfortable means that we might draw even slightly closer to Him, it’s worth it.

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