One Day at a Time Devotional
When my husband was in the Air Force there was a robbery at the department store on the base. It was later determined that an enlisted member had committed the robbery because his wife had charged large amounts onto credit cards and spent most of the family’s money. Obviously, this husband was in a desperate situation to keep current with his debts and could not due to unwise financial decisions by both parties.
This story leads us into our topic for today. Does your husband trust you? What about your children? The boss or co-workers? Extended family, friends, the Pastor, fellow church members? Perhaps, you say, “I’m pretty frugal with my finances, I don’t struggle here.” If this is you, praise the Lord.
Now, let’s take this a step further. Are there other areas in your life that may have a question mark on them, some distrust? The Bible says in Proverbs 14:1, “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Your role as a woman of God is to build up your home. A godly woman will not do anything that brings shame to herself, her husband, her family, her work place, her God. God calls you wise if you are a woman who builds her home.
When a home is built, a sturdy foundation is poured, walls are lifted and secured, the roof is erected and shingled to protect from storms and outside influences. Afterwards, the interior is finished with drywall, paint, necessary amenities and finally the decorative touches that make a home comfortable. As a woman of God you are responsible for earning and keeping the trust of those around you. You are responsible for creating a safe, encouraging, welcoming, trustworthy and spiritual environment.
The alternative to building, is destroying and the woman that tears down her husband, children, family, co-workers, or others is called foolish by God. Ask yourself these questions;
- Do others trust me to tell the truth?
- Do those around me trust me to emotionally stable? Are they afraid to share things with me because of my lack of emotional control? “13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”
I Peter 1:13
- Can I be trusted to spend money wisely and not cause financial decay?
- Can I be trusted to say words of wisdom and kindness or do I criticize and nag? “26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26
- Can I be trusted to be faithful to be where I am expected; at home, the workplace, church?
- Can I be trusted to work hard? “27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27
- Stay-at-home mom, are you lying around all day or are you diligently using your time wisely?
- Employee, are you running a few minutes late to work or taking a few extra minutes during the lunch hour?
- Church member, are you faithfully making each service, diligent to fill your given ministry?
- Christian, are you reading your Bible, praying, attending church whenever the doors are open and working on your relationship with the Lord or are you growing spiritually lazy and fat?
Ultimately, it comes down to this one thing, are you trustworthy? Luke 16:10 states, “10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” God wants you to be faithful in every area of your life. He wants you to be a good steward (caretaker) of those things which He has given you already. If you cannot be trusted with the job you have, why should He give you a better one? If you cannot be trusted to reverence and submit to your husband, why should God answer your prayers to change your husband in his weaknesses? If you cannot be trusted to raise the children you have for the Lord, why should you be blessed with another child? If you cannot be trusted to be a good and godly example consistently, why should others follow you?
We could continue further, but how are you doing? Ladies, what areas of your lives need to be purified and polished? Please, take the moment now to ask God what area(s) in your life distrust is present. Then, ask God for His help to conquer these weakness. God loves you, He wants the best for you and you can trust Him to help you to be trustworthy. “9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
As I close, I want each of you to know that I pray for you and I want the best for you. You CAN develop and maintain a trustworthy name. “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1
& One Day at a Time Devotional,
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