Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
What comes to mind when you think of Job's family in the Bible? Probably one of the first things is the patience he showed through so much adversity. If you think about Mrs. Job at all, the phrase "curse God and die" may be your first thought. But is that fair? Have You Considered Mrs. Job? provides a study of the disasters that befall the family in the Old Testament book of Job. Author Patsy Hamby focuses on the suffering of Job's wife, who is often criticized for her infamous comment to her husband. Many fail to consider that she too is mourning the loss of ten children and experiencing financial disaster. What's more, she must now observe her husband suffering great physical ailment and agony. Hamby analyzes the traditionally held view of Mrs. Job and provides a compassionate interpretation of her circumstances. Following each chapter is a reflection component for those who use the text for personal spiritual growth; the final chapter consists of curriculum goals and teaching strategies for those who use the book as an extended text for religious education or home schools. Those undergoing difficult times can find strength and hope in consideration of Job's wife, gaining the knowledge that it is possible to rise above the bad to find joy and to be an inspiration to others.