My sister, Becky Dietz and I were discussing the subject of Job's wife, and she had such great insight I asked her to co-author a blog with me. I'm glad I did! Here's the outcome of that collaboration:
Job had a pretty good life. He was, though not perfect, a man devoted to God. In fact, in Job 2:3 God Himself said of Job, "No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.” His reputation was infallible. Job was a man of wealth and a father to seven sons and three daughters. His family appeared to have a happy and close relationship. They would have a feast "each on his appointed day" (probably their birthday) and invite each other to the parties. After the feast, Job would offer a sacrifice in case any of his children had sinned in their hearts.
Then, one day, God looks upon Job and with pride, and asks Satan the life changing question for Job. "Have you considered my servant Job?" With that simple question, Job loses everything, his animals, servants, and finally his sons and daughters. Everything, that is, but his wife.
I had never considered before why Satan the accuser chose not to kill Job's wife. But why kill her if you can use her? Satan first afflicted Job with painful boils all over his body. Then he attacked Job through the words of his wife, "Why don't you curse God and die?" Satan knows better than we do how powerful our influence is over our husbands. Her words are actually suggesting treason against God. "Declare a rebellion and insurrection against God and His kingdom!"
How many of you wives have ever thought, "I could do this life so much better without my husband!"? I have. This isn't my own thought--but one the Great Insurrector put in my mind. Satan wants to divide us as husband and wife. Every single girl longs to be married and every married woman longs to do it alone. It's Satan's way of spreading discontent and disunity. (And it has been working for thousands of years!) If our marriages are a picture of Christ & the Church, Satan will do everything in his power to destroy it.
Even though Job's wife was used by the enemy to try and cause an insurrection against God--and even against their marriage--God used her as part of the restoration process. When God restored everything to Job, He also gave an increase. He doubled all he'd owned...everything, that is, except children. He received exactly what he'd lost--7 sons and 3 daughters. But I like to think peace, spicyness, and allure came into his marriage in spades. After all...that's what he named his new daughters! Job and his wife were the age of grandparents by this time. That can bring hope into marriages which are in that stage. I believe the marriage of Job and his wife was completely restored. I believe it became everything God intended it to be--a picture of Christ & the Church.
*I found this photo here: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/87/bf/6e/87bf6e4efc9a4ef954a3d798127823a0--sad-drawings-amazing-pencil-drawings.jpg and would love to give credit to whomever drew it. If you know the artist please let me know!