by Dawn Smiling
“So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him. “are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman, shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
Job 2:7-10 NIV
I find it profound that Job’s wife is nameless in the Book of Job, but her statement was loud, bold, and a clear description of how she felt about her circumstances. But if we think about our dear sister, she also suffered. The attack of Job brought so many circumstances into her life. It is interesting how the circumstances brought on to one person can affect another person, a family, a community, a country and the world. Satan went to God about Job. Job’s wife was never discussed. Yet, she suffered greatly by pure association. Who came to comfort her? Who came to help her understand why a loving God would allow good people to suffer. Job’s wife, in a moment of weak emotions, drew her own conclusions regarding her circumstances. She also lost all 10 of her children, her financial security, and when painful boils broke out all over her husband’s body, whose job was it to comfort and care for him? It was her job, and I believe it wore down her morale, self- esteem and internal strength. Circumstances will do that.
Circumstances are not by accident. God has a lesson, a character test, or a spiritual breakthrough in store for you as you go through your circumstances.
If you look at your circumstances as an end instead of a possible beginning, you will miss God’s grace over your life. The resurrection of our Savior made all things new if you believe in faith that God has not miscalculated the events in your life.
What did we learn from our sister, Job’s wife?
We learned that harsh words can be spoken out of desperation. The words surely came back to haunt her as we find out from reading the final chapters of the Book of Job. It is important to think before you speak concerning your circumstances. The enemy is waiting for you to take on a defeated spirit. But God wants you to rise up and expect your miracle.
A miscalculation of your circumstances brings limited vision in the plans God has for your life. God has an appointed time for everything in your life. Nothing is a mistake. There is something to draw from, to learn from, and to heal from as you move towards new horizons.
Don’t underestimate God’s love for you!! Only God can bring a blessing from a tragedy. How were we to know that years’ later, Job’s wife would live to see God’s hand in their lives. Job remained faithful and God restored his health, their home, their financial security, and more children. Their Season of circumstances passed, and they lived to reap the benefits.
I experienced my season of circumstances this week. To my surprise, it was something unexpected to me but not to my heavenly Father. God allowed the perfect storm to bring me closer in knowing who He is in my life. As I conclude this blog, God has blessed my circumstance. Praise God!!
What did I learn this week? God is always working out something beautiful in the midst of your suffering.
Are you allowing God to work in your circumstances?
God Bless You!!
Dawn Smiling enjoys volunteering at Grace Family Church as a prayer counselor, part of the soul care ministry, and as a table leader for Beautiful Monday Nights.