My husband at the time came home one day and proudly told me he licensed our new camper, but he didn’t tell the courthouse the actual purchase price so we wouldn’t have to pay the full amount for taxes. I was extremely disappointed and angry!
Many people think Christians are hypocrites because we don’t practice what we preach! My husband, in lying to the courthouse, proved them right.
I prayed, Lord, how are we to be effective witnesses for you if we can’t even keep the basic Ten Commandments? Father, I know you led my husband to this new job, and there must be a purpose, but my husband has a coworker who hates Christians. By doing this, my husband just ruined any effect his witness might have. How do I be a submissive wife, but still stand up for what’s right and true?
My husband and I had been getting up in the mornings and reading Scripture. One morning the Lord put on my heart the story of Ananias and Sapphira in the Bible, Acts chapter 5. This couple sold their land, but told the local church a lie about what the land sold for so they wouldn’t have to tithe the full amount. The Holy Spirit told Peter what the couple had done. Peter asked them about it. Ananias and Sapphira did not confess or repent, so they were immediately struck dead.
My husband asked what the story was supposed to mean. I believe God spoke to him through me, that we had done the very same thing. Ananias and Sapphira…they didn’t make it. They are not in Heaven.
I said I was thankful God didn’t strike us dead right away. The husband is the head of the household just as Christ is the head of the Church, Ephesians 5:23. As we visited I told my husband whatever he chooses to do, I am subject to the consequences also. I don’t like being far away from God. I said we could still make our wrong right, but it was up to him. I am commanded to be respectful of his decision.
My husband went to the courthouse later that day and paid the rest of the taxes we owed for the correct amount we bought the camper for. I am so thankful the Lord is merciful, and gives us the opportunity to fix our mistakes and learn from them.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10
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