After Job’s second round of adversity—becoming infected with terrible boils—his wife offered him some troubling counsel. Why was he still holding onto his integrity, she asked. Instead, he should just curse God and die (Job 2:9).
In a book full of questionable wisdom from those around Job, this is perhaps the worst. It is easy for us to see Job’s wife almost as a caricature, but we need to resist this. Yes, this was terrible advice, but she deserves grace from us. We cannot forget that Job was not alone in his losses; she experienced them too. Her world collapsed just as much as Job’s. Here was a mother who had just lost all of her children. She was grieving too. She was struggling too. She was in pain too.
Sometimes in our pain, we develop myopia. Our suffering is so great that we turn our attention inward and forget that others around us might be hurting as well. The gospel pushes us to resist this. Jesus humbled Himself and suffered greatly, all the while fixing His gaze on the Father’s glory and our good. For that reason, we too are to strive to live selflessly always, even in our times of distress.
Who around you is hurting right now? How can you show them God’s love, grace, and mercy today?