Daily Bible Reading: Job 2

In this chapter we see an escalation of Job’s suffering. He had already experienced the loss of family and personal possessions. Now, he also suffered the loss of his health. How will he respond to this additional loss?
These kind of questions are relevant for us as we all experience many different blessings and losses throughout our lives. Some are small and others are large. Some are due to our choices and others occur independently from our choices. Our response in the midst of losses (and blessings) reveals much about the nature of our relationship with God.
When Job’s wife suggested he should ‘curse God and die’ she was revealing that her relationship with God was conditional. So long as she was experiencing what she perceived to be blessings, she was okay with worshipping God. However, when she experienced loss, she was ready to walk away from God. Her relationship with God was based on her perception of what God has done for her personally. Her relationship was based on benefits.
Job’s relationship was different. The integrity to which he held was that his relationship with God, and his worship of God, was based on who God is rather than what God has done.
When we consider our own relationship with God, which aspect has greater weight? If we were to examine our prayers, our words, our actions, and our attitudes, would we find our focus is more on the person of God or the activity of God? What adjustments might we make to focus more on the person of God?
Job 2:3-10 NLT
[3] Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless-a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”
[4] Satan replied to the LORD, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. [5] But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”
[6] “All right, do with him as you please,” the LORD said to Satan. “But spare his life.” [7] So Satan left the LORD’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.
[8] Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. [9] His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
[10] But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.