No Jesus, no peace; know Jesus, know peace.
How incredible it is to be able to live our lives knowing no matter what happens—we win in the end! No matter how many times we fail, no matter how many times we “drop the ball,” no matter how many times we let down our friends, family and co-workers, we still go to heaven!
This, of course, is not an opportunity to “get away with sin,” but rather an opportunity to show God how much we appreciate the gift He has given us—a gift so hard to explain in words!
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! —2 Corinthians 9:15
Regarding the question and answer segment on “Women Working Outside the Home.”
I do not work and haven’t in some time. I feel that this is what the Lord has intended for me. However, my husband and I have suffered financially as so many others over the last two years or so. We lost our house, I lost my job and then so did my husband.
During our time of unemployment and times of not making enough from his job to pay the bills, we incurred about $20,000 in credit card debt and we owe our families $7,000.
My husband is employed now, thankfully, but we are still struggling financially. Lately, the debt has weighed heavily on me. My question is, should I work to help pay off this debt? I feel like I’m doing something wrong by owing so much and not contributing to pay it off.
We could theoretically be paying this debt off for 15 years, but if I work it will be paid off more quickly. My husband and I pray every day that we will make enough to pay our bills and not have to use credit cards to survive or need help from family, but that just hasn’t been the case.
We often thought how strange it is that the Lord wasn’t/isn’t using my husband’s hands alone to take care of us and instead, so many times, we have to borrow and have borrowed money and have had to use our credit cards for everything because we literally had no money.
Should I work to pay off the debt and help our household financially? Am I sinning by not helping to pay off our debtors and pay the bills on our own?
You have two choices, so from God’s eternal perspective, which one do you think best glorifies God?
- Praying for your husband 24/7 that he would receive God’s wisdom to do whatever it takes to learn to live off what he is making and pay off the debt for which he is responsible, or
- You go to work.
If you choose #2, you are saying you believe that the answer to your problems is more money. But that’s not your problem. Your problem is that your husband is out of bounds and not being what God intended him to be.
Your husband must step up and take the reins, be responsible, seek the Lord’s direction and properly lead your family. Rather, you need to pray for God’s will in your husband’s life, and be patient.
You may eat a lot of beans, or even be on a forced diet for a while, but eventually your husband will get it. (It really sounds like you need to work on your budget.)
But the most important problem is that your husband would be willing to let you go to work outside the home. That’s like surrendering to the devil, or at best a compromise with him. Why would he be willing to prostitute his wife for mere money?
There are times when this Biblical line of thinking is difficult to apply—divorce, death of a husband, sickness, war, etc. But your goal should be to do it God’s way, not man’s. What is more important, God or money? And your worrying is sin and not helping matters. It’s not your problem; let your husband handle it. God is fully in control.
Also note that the Proverbs 31 woman had income but did not work outside of the home under another’s authority. So if your husband wants you to do something to supplement your debt repayment plan, ask him if you could find something to do from within your home that can help without compromising Biblical principles.
We have a DVD entitled Back to the Garden. It’s a great encourager to women to live God’s way—boldly!
You can download and watch this DVD for free from the Compass Digital Store by clicking on the title—no credit/debit card needed.
Back to the Garden by Susie Perkins
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