Sunday, October 2, 2016
Letting Your Wife Stay Home
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” 1 Timothy 5:14
There are all kinds of situations where a woman ends up working, including the husband telling the wife to work outside the home. I’m not saying it’s a sin for a woman to ever go to work, but it’s not God’s perfect will either. The Bible makes it clear that a man should provide for his family financially, and the woman should be the homemaker.
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
When a man comes to me and tells me he is having trouble finding a job, I often respond by asking him how many hours he would like to work. When he responds with 40 hours a week, I tell him that is how much time he should spend trying to find a job. You can’t just e-mail one resume and then spend the rest of the day sitting on your fanny. If you are unemployed, you need to put in the time applying for a lot of different jobs, making the follow up calls, showing your face in person, and whatever else it takes to get working somewhere.
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” Romans 12:11
You may think that you will have a lot more money by sending your wife to work, but it could be putting you into a higher tax bracket. Neither one of you will feel like cooking from scratch each day, so you will probably end up eating takeout more often. You’ll for sure need two vehicles, and she will likely buy more clothing. You’ll come out a little ahead—but probably not as much as you had expected once you figure in all the hidden costs.
“When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?” Ecclesiastes 5:11
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” Luke 14:28
Even if you determine that you will be a little better off financially if your wife works, you’ll be spiritually better off if you follow God’s plan.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Here is a sermon on women working in light of the Bible.