Job’s Wife

Things were looking pretty good for Job and his wife. In the prime of their lives, they finally had their kids raised, had a nice home, with plenty of money in the bank. Job was a well-known leader in the community, just about the wealthiest man around. They were just about ready for retirement.

Then overnight they lost everything. Their seven sons and three daughters were killed in a terrible storm. Their enemy stole all the cattle, donkeys, and camels. Lightning struck, killing the sheep and servants. The next thing you know, Job got sick and was covered with boils all over his body.

Just when Mrs. Job was going through the worst crisis of her entire life, taking care of a sick husband, on top of it all, three of his old crony friends showed up. She had to wait on them hand and foot, entertaining them when she least felt like having company.

You have to feel sorry for her. It is like the old Heehaw song, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” The way Mrs. Job saw it, Job must have been doing something wrong for all these bad things to happen to him. He might as well just give up trying to serve God. No wonder she told Job to just “curse God and die.” Actually, it would have been a whole lot easier on her if he had died. But Job just laughed at her and said, “‘You talk like a foolish woman.’ In all this did not Job sin with his lips.“Job 2:10
Job knew and trusted God to make something good come out of it all. He knew that this would turn out for his benefit because he trusted in God. He told his friends,Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation.” Job 13:15-16 NKJV.

When it was all over, Job got well, Mrs. Job got pregnant, and all their friends and relatives had a big housewarming party and took up a collection for them. The Bible says that Job ended up with twice as much as he had before. They even had ten more children. God blessed them because of what Job said, rather than what Mrs. Job said. I guess she finally figured out when to keep her mouth shut.

It was a good thing she let Job have the last word.

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Mansion in Heaven

Don’t you just love to watch those shows where the people are searching for beachfront property on a budget or buying a home in the Caribbean? How about a condo on the beach? No? How about a house, but it will cost you more? Instead of a beachfront, you might have to settle for an infinity swimming pool that fades into the ocean or the sky.

Or maybe you are into those tiny houses. One room with a loft bedroom, with a bathroom. I lived in a tiny house once for 5 years, 720 square feet, but it was called a trailer.

I may not have a mansion here on this earth, but I know I’ll have a mansion in heaven. I used to sing that song all the time, “I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, in that bright land where we’ll never grow old, and some day yonder, I’ll never more wander but walk on streets that are paved with gold.”

Here’s what I want my mansion to look like. The main room will be a library, with beautiful walnut bookcases full of every book I’ve ever wanted to read all the way to the top of the 14 foot ceilings, with those ladders that are attached to the wall. A walnut library table and leather club chairs will be in the middle and a brick fireplace with a dark wood mantel filled with my trophies and crown of righteousness when I’m not wearing it. A window seat in the big bay window looks out over an English rose garden.

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3 NKJV.

However nice my mansion will be over there, the thing I want most is my Jesus and my family surrounding me. Otherwise it won’t be heaven, it will just be a house, an empty house.

 

 

 

 

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