The words “supportive wife” could never describe Job’s wife. Of all the people who surrounded Job in his hour of need, his wife should have been by his side to encourage and console him. Instead, she told Job to give up, give in, curse God, and kill himself. Instead of being a good and kind helper to her husband, Job’s wife became a discouragement to him.
Poor Job. He lost everything— his wealth, family, and health. Then his wife turned on him and told him to curse God and end his life. And, to top it all off, his friends continued to deepen his wounds by accusing Job of causing his own calamities due to some deep, dark, secret sin in his life (Job 19:2–3). Who needs “friends” like this?
As one of God’s women, you are called to be a helper, a teacher, and an encourager of women. That leaves no room for careless or thoughtless words. Your entire ministry of encouragement shuts down when you speak words that needlessly wound. And those words can never be taken back.
Oh, that we would be like Jesus who “committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). God asks you to serve and to better the lives of others, including your family and friends. No life has ever been uplifted by thoughtless, heartless words. Instead, do as Jesus commands you: love one another.
Lord, as I think about the cruel things Job’s wife and friends said to him, I am humbled. I know that my speech is not without sin. I do use careless words sometimes. I ask Your forgiveness. Keep my speech limited to words that build up and do not tear down. Amen.
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Am I careless with my words, or do I weigh them before speaking? Am I a supportive wife?
No life has ever been uplifted by thoughtless, heartless words.