Today I was going to write about Job’s exhortation accepting the bad things that happen along with the good. When confronted by his wife to denounce God, he said, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” This led me to find out what it takes to be a good wife. The Bible has a lot to say about a nagging wife, a quarrelsome wife and even an excellent one.
On the TV show, The Good Wife, the wife is anything but good, but seems to get away with it, because it’s what viewers want to see. Women from my era remember the June Cleavers who stayed at home to raise a family. They did the dishes in a crisp, white apron, wore nylons, girdles and dresses to clean the toilet.
Some women grew dissatisfied with that life and fought for their rights to pursue careers. They burned their bras and girdles, protested and cried for equal rights. Now women hold executive roles in business as well as politics. They have so many more opportunities than ever before, but still become like a dripping rain – annoying with their demands – raspy voiced in their pursuit of their desires – a pain in the neck.
Men have taken on a much different job description over time. Husbands now fill the hole left by moms whose careers bring home the bacon. They are made to look foolish on TV shows and commercial. They have been pushed into the background in some instances in favor of the super woman.
To get back on track, what is a good wife? This is a portion of Proverbs 30:10-31.
“She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.”