Why I Wrote It
Very soon, my new book, Mrs. Job’s Choice; A Journey of Encouragement, will become a reality. I’m very excited to be introducing it.
“Why did you decide to write about Mrs. Job?” I am glad you asked.
The truth is that every time I heard a someone teaching about Job, they would disparage Mrs. Job. I do realize that she was not nice in her one comment. And that is all we hear from her.
I would get angry and indignant on Mrs. Job’s behalf. I began defending her. I was even going to write the book that way.
I have come to believe that Mrs. Job’s story mirrors our own. I asked some questions:
What could Mrs. Job learn from her husband’s encounter with God?
How could that apply to me?
What about you?
What could Mrs. Job learn from her husband’s rebuke of her?
Now, that cut me to the quick. Does that touch your heart, too?
Not much has changed in the last few millennia. Learning to accept both good and adversity from the hand of God is still no easy task.
Mrs. Job entered a season of suffering right along with her husband. She, too, had lost ten children, home, family, friends and social standing, servants, wealth, and then she had to watch her husband’s health deteriorate as well. Perhaps she became his caregiver.
With no social security, back then, a woman would depend upon her husband and children to care for her in old age. The children were gone, and in her mind, her husband might die and leave her alone.
She must have been terrified.
I can’t imagine the agony she went through.
After the grief and misery washed through her, she could have repented. She may have gained a depth of character than she’d not had before. She could have come to rely on God’s strength.
And how does her story hold a mirror to us today?