In a quest to use my last few months of being engaged to its fullest potential I have really been focusing my quiet time on discovering what God wants to teach me about not only being a wife, but about being a Christian women in general.
I started in Proverbs 31, naturally ; )
Prov 31 paints such a beautiful picture of how we as Christian women should be.
This is actually a letter a mother wrote to her son about the kind of women he should marry. That really hits home with me--am I being the kind of women that Adam's mom has prayed he would marry? I sure hope so. Whether married, engaged, or single we should all strive to be a Proverbs 31 women.
Since I'm not really following any sort of plan I was sitting and thinking about what I wanted to read next. I flipped open my bible to Job. I know I have read Job before but I have never really studied it. I figured I would read the summary and see if there was anything that jumped out at me.
As soon as I started reading I knew this was exactly what God wanted me to study next. I have a study bible so it has a lot of commentary and notes. One of my favorite things is that at the beginning of every book there is a section that explains the purpose for that book of the bible. The purpose of the book of Job (summarized) is this: God let's innocent people suffer to demonstrate that in His sovereignty He receives glory even when His people suffer and persevere in faith without understanding why. Christ's death is God's ultimate answer to the problem of evil. This book teaches us to live in submission to what God sends upon His people, even when His purposes are unknown and when suffering and evil apear to fall unfairly.
So, what does all this have to do with being a good wife? Basically, we need to hold ourselves accountable for how we act when faced with trials. We should respond with grace, not sin, when things aren't going our way. It's known that Job was a man of high integrity who was well-known among the people in his area. He was in constant prayer for his children, who he feared were sinning. He had a lot of possessions that he took great care of. Satan tested Job's commitment to God by destroying all of his property and killing his children. He wanted to prove that if everything was taken from Job that he would curse God. Instead, when Job learned the horrible news he fell to the group and worshiped!! He said "naked I come from my mother's womb, naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of the Lord." And it is said that throughout all of this horrible situation Job did not sin or blame God for anything!
This is how we should approach all situations in life! Is it okay to be upset if something bad happens? YES! But is it okay to blame God and sin against Him? Absolutely not. It is our job as women of Christ to hold our selves to a standard of grace and to have a humble spirit. We should react in love, not sin, when something goes wrong--praising God always.