Today is September 17, 2019

Verse of the Day — James 4:17

. . . one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Do the good you know to do.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

This verse, coming in the middle of several verses dealing with finances, shows us that we not only can sin by “doing what is wrong,” but we also can sin by “not doing what is right.”

In this case, the opportunity to do good with our finances makes us responsible to do good. In other words, if the Lord gives you the means and the opportunity and you fail to act, you are guilty of sin.

God wants us to understand that all money is His money, and those who have great blessing need to be even more sensitive.

. . . From everyone who has been given much, much shall be required . . . —Luke 12:48

So seek to be sensitive to how God wants to use you in the lives of those in your sphere of influence. Otherwise, you become self-centered and sinful, even if you are not outwardly sinning.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. —Matthew 23:25-26


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

You recently stated:

“The husband is the responsible head of the family (Ephesians 5:23). If a woman is working outside the home simply to earn more money, so the family can have more ‘things,’ the husband is likely misusing the gift God entrusted to him. God supplied him with a wife as a gift and reward (Ecclesiastes 9:9), worth far more than money (Proverbs 31:10), yet he exchanged his perfectly suited helper (designed to help him with the things that matter) for mere money/temporal things in life. What it boils down to is that the ‘lust of the eyes’ was greater than the desire to serve God (1 John 2:16).”

I have been struggling with that issue for the following reason: I believe that as the husband, I am to nourish and care for my wife (Ephesians 5:29). I believe this includes helping her to develop her talents (this was affirmed by our former pastor, a prominent advocate of biblical roles for men and women when he married us).

Two years ago, we found out that I am unable to father children. Therefore, my wife and I decided that she could continue working since she liked her job at the time. Now she likes it even more even though I have not pressured her at all to continue working. We’re using her income to pay off our house in five years instead of thirty, so we’re not increasing consumption merely due to her income.

Since I remind her almost weekly that she does not “have” to work, am I being ungodly by continuing to “allow” her to work? The other wrinkle is that for the two years from our infertility news until now, I started my own business, which cut my income in half. But now I am back to my former wage level so there should not even be a subtle unspoken pressure for her to continue working.

I truly want God’s will and to fulfill my role as the head of my home. I want to be a Christ-like lover of my wife. I would hate to find out that I committed sins of omission by remaining silent about allowing my wife to continue to work. What is your opinion on this?


ANSWER:

We don’t believe that we should be trying to determine if something is “acceptable” but rather believe we should question whether or not this is God’s “best.” Jesus said He came that we might have life—abundantly! (John 10:10) So, the question should be, “What is the BEST situation for which you should strive?”

The God of the universe, who loves you beyond measure, gave you a very special gift—a wife to complement your every need and desire. He wants you to grow very close to her and for her to grow very close to you. This is difficult to accomplish (if not impossible) when your wife is expending her energies on her work instead of you.

When a wife is working outside the home, she is splitting her efforts and energies between you and her work. She is, at best, a half-wife. It may be a “good half,” the “best half,” or a “quality half,” but it is still only half of what God intended. Worse, you are basically saying to God, “I would rather trade my wife for more money than have the close relationship You created us to have.”

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have . . . pierced themselves with many griefs. —1 Timothy 6:10

You seem to think there is not much cost to you or your wife since you can’t have kids and she is working to “pay off” the mortgage faster. However, there is great cost. Each day she works you run the risk of her hardening her heart a little more. If she has a typical job in today’s market, the soft, gentle flower God gave you must adapt to a harsh and unforgiving worldly climate to do a good job, or even survive. In time, despite your claims to the contrary, she may even question if you really love her like Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25).

But even if she has a job that you would argue is safe—physically, mentally and sexually—if she continues working, you may never know what eternally satisfying plans God had for the two of you. A sensitive wife many times picks up signals from God that men totally miss. We believe that if your wife were home, she would be far more likely to be the helper God wants her to be, both as a wife and as a friend.

We realize this runs totally opposite what many teach today—even in some churches. But we can find no Scripture to support sending your wife outside the home under someone else’s authority for something that has no eternal value. We recommend that you take some quality time to dialog with the Lord to determine if you should bring her home.

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