From Edward: One of the new things that EYM will do this year is to post a devotional for couples every Sunday. Sometimes, like today, they will be excerpts from the Husbands, Wives, God Weekly Devotional. The idea is for couples to spend some time reading, praying and sharing together. Is there any other way to stay connected and happily married? Be Blessed.
Read Job 1, 2, 19, & 42
Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”
At a point in his life where Job has been stripped of everything typically associated with a sense of sanity, balance, and well-being—wealth, health, possessions, honor, dignity and ten children—his wife tells him to curse God and die. Here is a husband and wife in essentially the same tough spot, together, yet their responses are moving in opposite directions.
Job worshipped the Lord (1:20), and said (1:21, 22), “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. In the midst of their mutual pain, they both had a choice to turn to or turn away from their relationship with God.
As Job is able to place his trust more in God than he does in his wife, God blesses Job with double everything he has lost, including ten more children, presumably through his wife.2 Job reminds us that we all have a choice to choose our responses to the “tough stuff” we will experience in our marriage.
Furthermore, we are reminded that, in marriage, how we respond to “life” affects our spouse as well. It is a good point of reflection and meditation to wonder how their outcome would have been different if Job had placed more of his trust in his wife than in his relationship with God.
Choose to bless your spouse by trusting God with your choices in life and marriage.
Meditations for the Week:
• In tough situations, who are you (personally) more likely to respond like: Job or his wife?
• In what circumstances are you more likely to act like Mrs. Job?
• What challenges of trust must you surrender to God, i.e., worry, doubt, pessimism, etc.?
• How does Job’s choice affect his wife?
• How does Mrs. Job’s choice affect her husband?
• Meditate on Job 19:25-26. How does this affect the outlook for your marriage?
Prayer for Our Marriage:
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