A Wrong Decision from Your Spouse

1Ki 21:7  And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

1Ki 21:16  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

Job 2:9-10  Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

In this text we see that the dangers of turning on God are as available to the lost as they are to the follower of God. Ahab and Jezebel are the poster children of the ungodly. However, even among the ungodly there is a position to be occupied in the home.  When Jezebel took the lead and made satanically motivated decisions Ahab should have stood in her way. Instead he remained curled up in his bed facing the wall and pouting. His inaction resulted in the murder of a good man and the subsequent judgment of God upon both him and his wife. Now we look at Job and his wife. Having witnessed one tragedy after another, not the least of which was the death of her 10 children, Job’s wife could take it no longer. She spoke up for her husband to curse God knowing it would bring his death and ultimately the end of his suffering.  Job, however, looked beyond the grave to see the consequence of leaving his wife behind with him having taught her it was alright to curse God during times of tragedy. Tragedy is the very time we must run to God, not curse God.  Job took his position as a godly man and leader of his home and immediately corrected his hurting. He did this with a heart of love toward his wife and reverence toward his God. Here are two different couples that give us two options on how to handle an ungodly decision made by a spouse. Will you curl up in your bed facing the wall or will you rise up from the ashes and spare your loved ones further heartache?

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