Today is August 3, 2018

Verse of the Day — Hebrews 13:5

. . . being content with what you have . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God has given, or allowed, everything you need to accomplish His will.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The charge to be content is actually one of the Ten Commandments. It ranks right up there with false gods, murder and adultery.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. —Exodus 20:17

There are too many Christians who believe that they could serve the Lord far better if they won the lottery. They think that if they just had another one of “these” or a little more of “that” they could be far more effective for the Kingdom of God. But this is thinking from hell. God has given you EVERYTHING He wants you to have at this very moment. Do you think for a moment that God couldn’t change your circumstances in a heartbeat if He wanted to?

God offers you a wonderful life right in the situation you are currently in. He offers you an abundant life if you FOLLOW Him (1 Samuel 15:22, Jeremiah 44:23), not if you have great wealth, or more salary, or a bigger house, or a different boss, or more (or fewer) children.      Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
—1 Samuel 15:22
     See also Jeremiah 44:23.

Be thankful for what you have and don’t complain about what you don’t have.


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

(Comments regarding engaged couple living together)

Dear Compass, “My, oh my, how discompassionate [sic] you are. The young lady said she didn’t make enough money to live alone and this was a good working situation. I suppose living in the same quarters is much more sinful than having her live in her car or possibly on the streets. How unsympathetic you are toward the plight of today’s below-poverty people.

You have said these things before, and I can’t believe that in the name of religion you would rather see someone on the streets than trying to make a go of it by living with someone. Oh, I know she could have found a roommate that was a girl, or could she have? Maybe the timing wasn’t there and she wasn’t able to find a roommate, and this was the best she could do at the time. Of course, I agree it would be better to have a female roommate, but since they are Christian and know the teachings and are abiding by them, then why the harsh reply?”

Another wrote:

“I just read your answer to the question posed by the Christian woman living with her Christian boyfriend but not having a sexual relationship and I wanted to share my experience to encourage her. Before my husband and I were married, we too lived together (we were not yet believers).

Shortly after moving in together, God spoke to both of our hearts and we committed our lives to Him. We began sleeping in different bedrooms and abstaining from physical relations; however, due to finances, we didn’t see how we could live in separate places. At the same time, we were undergoing pastoral counseling and informed our pastor of our living arrangements. He gave the same advice to us as GML gave—that the appearance of evil was present and as Christians we needed to be aware of the example we were setting.

Here is the encouraging part: My husband, the pastor, and I all began praying about the situation and within a week, we found a new place to live. I moved into the new apartment and my husband moved back in with his parents until we were married. When you seek to honor God, He will bless you! No situation is impossible for God, and most always He works in ways we would not think of (like my husband having to move back home at the age of 30!).


ANSWER:

Editor’s note: God allowed this situation to be a great testimony of how He often blesses when we make a hard decision in obedience to His Word, but that is not always the case. We believe (in accordance with our original answer) that we always need to do the right thing (in this case move apart immediately) . . . even if it seemingly makes matters worse 🙂

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

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