Today is January 7, 2019

Verse of the Day — Isaiah 33:6

And He shall be the stability of your times . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There is only one Anchor that truly holds in rough seas.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

In a world marked by instability and change, Christians should know that they are completely secure in Christ, who is referred to as our “Anchor” in Hebrews 6:19.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil

God is not only unmovable, He is also unchangeable (Hebrews 6:17).

In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath

No plan of His can be thwarted (Psalm 33:11).

The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.

So when we encounter turbulence in this life, our recourse is to cling to Him and wait patiently and expectantly as we watch His plan unfold.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea. —Psalm 46:2

Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. —Psalm 46:10

“Cease striving” literally means to let go, relax. That’s a wonderful invitation from the God who is in control of all things!


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

When my little sister was 12 years old, she was molested by a friend’s father at a sleepover. She was so scared she didn’t tell anyone until many years later. Because of her bitterness toward the molester, she often wished horrible things to happen to him. She is now married to a wonderful Christian man studying to be a chaplain. She has a one-year-old baby and another on the way. When her husband is out in the field, she becomes depressed and cries a lot because of the molestation incident with that man.

Recently, my sister learned that the molester, a vocal atheist, died in a car accident. She, ashamed, admitted that she was glad he was dead because now God would punish him for his crimes against her. She said she wished she could forgive him but that she has tried and just can’t. I am trying to get her to talk to her pastor, but she is afraid of what his reaction would be. Could you give me some ideas of how I can convince her to talk to her pastor?


ANSWER:

Naturally, we’re curious as to where the husband is in all of this. The Bible says he has no business studying to be a chaplain if he can’t demonstrate that he can take care of his own family.

An overseer must be . . . one who manages his own household well . . . if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God? —1 Timothy 3:1-5

So if her husband is not involved here, he should be.

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. —Ephesians 5:23

If the husband is involved and she is simply not willing to listen to his leadership, she and her husband should go to the pastor.

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. —Ephesians 4:11-13

The pastor should have some wise words of how God will use her husband mightily in her life even though he is the sinner that he is.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God —Romans 3:23

As far as the problem of her being “afraid” of her pastor’s reaction to her being molested . . . Her real problem is not the molestation but a poor view of God.

There is none like the God of Jeshurun,
Who rides the heavens to your help,
And through the skies in His majesty.
—Deuteronomy 33:26
     See also Psalm 45:4 and Jude 25.

She is trusting God in the good times but not the bad times; therefore, she is not totally trusting God.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
—Proverbs 3:5

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the LORD.
—Psalm 40:3

Her heart is not fully His.

How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
—Psalm 119:2

If she is a Christian, she is simply immature in her faith.

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? —1 Corinthians 3:1-3

HER HUSBAND, not you, should share with her Scriptures that show God is, and was, in control of her life when her incident happened. God permitted the molestation to happen to her and desires to use it positively in her life.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28

Perhaps God desires to use it positively in her life to show her that she should love God the way God loves her AND the molester.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. —John 3:16

And to understand her sins are no different than the molester’s, AND, except by the grace of God, she could have been the molester and the man the victim.

But now, O LORD, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.
—Isaiah 64:8

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? —Romans 9:21

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