Today is January 8, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 Timothy 2:1-2

. . . I urge that entreaties {and} prayers, petitions {and} thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Praying for your national and local leaders helps you have a tranquil and quiet life today.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Paul calls us to pray for “all men” and specifically our leaders. As difficult as it may be to pray for those with whom we disagree, God still wants us to pray for them. All these prayers move us toward godliness and dignity in a tranquil and quiet life.

We can pray for their decisions to be within God’s will. We can pray for their salvation if we perceive that they are not true believers. We can pray for their protection. And, most importantly, we can pray for them to have wisdom in all their decisions.

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. —Proverbs 21:1


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I am a Christian woman and own my own company. Last year I opened an office in another city specifically to employ someone who previously had worked for me and was a good employee. She is 44 and unmarried. I agreed to cover any losses for the new office for six months at which time it was assumed the operation would be profitable. Then her income would be based on a commission from her sales.

I carried the losses for two extra months (eight months total), and now it’s been a year and she is not making enough money to pay her bills. After carefully reviewing the operation, I have come to the conclusion that, although she is an extremely hard worker, she does not prioritize her time correctly. I gave her two choices: 1) change her work habits to result in more sales or 2) work another day a week (for a total of six). She says she trusts that the Lord is in control and will provide.

The potential for a profitable business is there, but I think that if she continues to work the same way, she will get the same results. She is almost completely broke and cannot make it through the next two weeks financially. How does the Bible view my asking her to work more to make up time, especially considering these are start-up stages?


ANSWER:

The Bible says that you should not work more than six days a week, so in that respect, working an extra day would not violate God’s laws. And it’s certainly not unusual for a business to take longer to get to breakeven than originally believed.

Since you are the “money” behind the venture, you simply have to decide if the potential return is greater than the investment you must continue to make and at what point it becomes “not a good investment.” She, on the other hand, may have the choice to cut her expenses.

But there may be another principle to consider. The Bible says you should:

  • Pay employees enough to live on.

    Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house. —Luke 10:7

    For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” —1 Timothy 5:18

  • Also so that they will not be in need toward outsiders.

    so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. —1 Thessalonians 4:12
  • Also, the hard worker should be the first to receive his share.

    The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. —2 Timothy 2:6

Therefore, you have the responsibility of not getting into the situation of making a “little” to add to your “lot” while she is making “not enough.”

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