Those were the words of Job’s wife, desperate to end her husband’s greatest trial. But even after losing all that he had and being stricken with boils from head to toe, Job retained his integrity and did not “sin with his lips” (Job 2:10). But in the days before the coming of Jesus, many in the faith are not preserving their integrity as Job did. They are expressly cursing God through their use of profanity.
The popularity of this sin has led many in the world to regard it lightly. Blaspheming the names of the Father and the Son are arguably the most preferred ways to curse others. But God repeatedly warned his people not to curse or profane His name. Through His commandments and the testimonies of His prophets, He made it clear that profanity was a capital crime.
The son of the Israelitish woman, for example, violated the third commandment by blaspheming the name of the Lord and cursing. Consequently, he was put to death (Exod. 20:7; Lev. 24:10-23).
Moreover, Israelites who cursed their parents or their rulers were also put to death. The latter commandment was violated by Shimei son of Gera, who cursed David when he was fleeing Absalom. Although his sentence was delayed, he was eventually put to death by King Solomon (2 Sam. 16:5-13, 21; 1 Kings 2:8, 9, 36-46).
Cursing is one way that men and women of faith have denied their Lord throughout the ages. This was plainly demonstrated in Peter’s denial of Jesus with cursing and swearing (Matt. 26:74). In the days before Jesus returns, His people will be set apart by the holiness of their conversation. But those who refuse to overcome this sin of the lips will join the great number who will be doing this before Jesus returns. The Bible tells us that they will be cursing God in the days of the seven last plagues.
“And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory” (Rev. 16:9).
“And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds” (Rev. 16:11).
“…men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Rev. 16:21).
Job’s wife makes God’s law plain for us in the last days; those who curse God will die. No trial in our lives will ever justify our cursing God through our use of profanity. Jesus Himself endured trials greater than Job and He “openeth not his mouth” (Isa. 53:7). If we cannot endure the trials of this life as He did, we will surely fail in conquering the greatest trial that will soon come upon the earth (Dan. 12:1).
Before these dark times come upon us, strive to overcome this sin of the tongue. Ask God to forgive you of this sin and purge your lips as He did for Isaiah the prophet (Isa. 6:4-6). Holiness in every part of our lives will not only preserve your life in these days, but it will be how those longing for God will know you have found Him in the last days.
“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” (Job 2:9, 10, emphasis supplied).
“And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee” (Matt. 26:73, emphasis supplied).
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Pet 1:14-16).