Today is January 24, 2019

Verse of the Day — Proverbs 14:4

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.


Are you complaining when you should be praising?


When God allows you the blessing of an income-producing animal, it’s wrong to complain about having to clean up the barn. That’s a bit like complaining about the drive to the bank to make a deposit.

There are many other areas where this thought could be applied. Should we complain about having to wash the car, mow the lawn, or having to wash the dishes? No, we should be forever thankful that we even have a car to wash, a lawn to mow, and food to eat.

Do not complain, brethren . . . —James 5:9

. . . my complaint is rebellion . . . —Job 23:2


Dear Compass,

What does a Christian husband/wife do if the doctors tell the wife that if she does not abort her baby because of complications, she (the wife) will die? I realize abortion is wrong so that doesn’t appear to be an option, but choosing to not abort means she is choosing to die, which could almost be viewed as suicide—although the Bible says no greater love than one who lays down their life for another (mom for baby). How do you reconcile all this when you add in other factors such as other children who would need their mom, etc.?


This scenario, or something similar, is often wrongly touted as a reason abortion may be ok in some instances. And Christians don’t seem to want to talk about it.

We don’t buy the argument that there could EVER be a reason to abort a baby. As an example, there was a Birmingham, Alabama, woman, who, against five doctors’ very vocal and emphatic advice to abort, decided to have her baby. The entire church was involved in prayer and as it turned out, both mother and baby were fine.

The point is that you never know if God is using a particular circumstance to test your faith or if He wants to use you as a faith example.

However, even if you decided not to abort and the mom were to die or the baby was born abnormal, that’s God’s decision, not ours.

You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
—Isaiah 29:16
    See also Isaiah 45:9; 64:8; Romans 9:21.

He may allow the mom or the child to die for His reasons. We simply can’t second-guess God. Murder is always wrong

except in war –

Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes. —Deuteronomy 20:16

and for capital punishment for crimes committed –

But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. —Deuteronomy 18:20.
(See also Deuteronomy 22:22, 25; Ezekiel 33:18, etc.).

Sometimes God requires us to make a decision totally on “blind” faith. But we believe total faith in God will be rewarded, either in this life or the next, and faith in anything else is sinking sand.

As for the problems that might arise if a mom dies (which happens every day), is God, who created the universe and all in it, not able to handle any and every situation?

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me? —Jeremiah 32:27


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