Dear Jolene,My husband and I have been married for 2+ years, sometimes I can’t help but wonder, if this truly is from God? And if God did not say ‘YES’ 2+ years ago, is everything too late for our marriage?We were both believers, met at church, and finished pre-marital counseling by our pastor. I thought everything was fine and according to the biblical teaching, until later. When we got married, he was a student, pursuing a MBA degree, not working. As gullible as it sounds, I did not know it would be a problem, not from the church, not from my own mother (dad passed away of cancer when i was 11). Growing up, my dad worked to support the family financially, while my mom stayed home and took care of my brother and me, thus projected and painted an ideal picture for me. My husband’s family is the opposite, both parents worked full time, he has a different picture.2+ years passed…he’s finally out of school, but has not found a job. I had been working, always came home tired and exhausted; not able to do what a wife ‘should’ do made me miserable. He is great, the house is always clean, all chores taken care of, meals cooked when I get home, but I am not satisfied. My heart has grown bitter and there seems to be no way out especially when work has become so demanding. (There had been a lot of stress: maternity leave from a coworker, manager refused to hire another, dumped all the work to me. I had to do a lot of over time and now I am burned out).Numerous times I talked to him about quitting my job, and the desire of me staying home. He is not a bad guy, and has tried to land jobs. None of us had been taught of anything in this field. Is it my imagination that men should work to provide for the family?Our Pastor visited today, wanting to help our marriage. He brought up ‘Proverbs 31’ to advise me what a wife of noble character should look like. He says wives need to sacrifice, and help their husbands to succeed. Is there anything wrong with this picture?We have been praying for a job for my husband. I believe if this is God’s promise, there is no way the door is not opened..right? All I can think of right now is to quit my job, rid the burden of making all the payments. I am physically and mentally exhausted. I want to please God and be a submissive wife, yet at the same time, I don’t know if i can make another day at work.
Please share any thoughts or verses Jolene…please help, I honestly do not know what to do, I’m searching up the Bible, yet my Pastor tells me to sacrifice and give my husband time to figure out what he can do. My heart hates the workplace, yet there is payments needing to be met.
I was so lost and did not know what to think after listening to my Pastor. My heart was just not at peace. He did quote that verse, Genesis 3:17, after I told him how stressful and exhausting working is for me, he mentioned this verse, and said, it is a curse to all mankind, meaning I should just accept it, at least that’s how I took it. I asked whether it is a God-given responsibility for guys to support the family, not women, and he said, God did not forbid women to, and reminded me of Proverbs 31 women.
My husband is still a believer to this day. We were so confused, wanting to figure out what exactly is biblical. It had been my desire to be a stay-at-home mom (we do not have kids yet, mostly because I do not think I can be a mom and at work at the same time, I just hate the idea of sending kids to daycare, period), but lately I just don’t think I can do everything. I started to ponder, is this what God really wanted me to do in my life? or am I looking for an excuse to justify my laziness of not wanting to work and provide for the family? I do not know.In the 4 gospels, Jesus mentioned the Pharisees and how they have placed the burdens on people, of doing things they themselves cannot do.. so I asked my Pastor, how can he ask me to do all these things when it seems impossible to do? Again, he mentioned the Proverbs 31 woman. He pointed out that I’m looking more at the situation, not God; that I’m expecting a lot from other people, and how I should look into changing myself, instead of expecting what others need to do. I was waiting for him to point out what husbands need to do, but he said none, so I asked, what about husbands, they need not to do anything? And he said again, I’m expecting from others again, and how I need to look into changing that.There is another couple in the church with a similar situation, except they have a 4-month old. Dad is not working, mom is working full time. Our pastor pointed out, that how there is similarity between this sister and me, we are both looking at the situations and expecting from our husbands. There is a lot of bitterness within that sister too, we shared a lot, but apparently we were ‘expecting’ too much from our husbands. It leads me to wonder, if God loves us so much, treasures us, could this be right? I was searching, but do not have an answer until I read your blog. And of course, there is always the other side of the story, husbands felt discouraged and all, but we (and the sister) were so exhausted having to do everything we just couldn’t afford to care how they feel.~Vivian
And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. Genesis 3:17
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8
But, we are naive Christians because we listen to the enemy ALL THE TIME instead of listening to the Word of God! We get sucked into the lie that we can have things our way and we can have it all the time! No, no we can’t. There is a price to pay for the choices that we make in our lives.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:7,8
We went to a different church this past Sunday, and was prayed for. Have been sharing some thoughts with my husband, and your ideas on a different perspective interpreting the Bible, it was a nice surprise that my husband wanted to get prayed for this past Sunday, and asked to pray for guidance & being the head of the household. He is letting ideas into his mind and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak into his heart as well. We spent more time praying, reading, it was just a really good time, reconnecting in the body of the Christ.There must be something God is doing at our church. The Pastor had his last official sermon this past Sunday, left the church, and is currently taking a sabbatical leave. There had been a lot going on with the pastoral team, and he resigned.
And here’s God’s hand in the midst of our dear Vivian’s situation:
My husband and I are spending time together, daily, to read up His Words, it’s such a blessing God using this time to bring us together to seek Him. Another crazy, yet amazing story I have to share! Since I was so stressed back then with all of the demands at work. I was doing overtime every day as I handled and additional workload. I was silently praying/pleading to God one day during work, for Him to come to rescue..and been having suicidal thoughts.. (sigh), thought about taking a leave (thank God I still know it’s a sin to end your life). Upon coming home, first thing my husband told me, he looked at me straight in the eye, and suggested for me to take a long break from work. I knew it had to come from the same Spirit, for I’m weary and God had heard my prayer… so I applied for a 2-month leave, the company gave me a 2-month non-paid leave. And God has amazingly met our financial needs!
We continue to pray for my husband’s job situation. God totally opened doors thru the new church we are currently attending. His fingerprints are with us EVERYDAY of the life. We are completely in awe. Things are not happening yet, situation is the same, but our hearts were changed, there is hope, and of course, no suicidal thoughts 🙂
What do you do as a wife if you find yourself in this situation?
- Talk to your husband and find out his heart regarding providing for the family. He may see the Scriptures differently, like Vivian’s husband did. However, as you share your heart with him, he may be open to seeking the Scriptures, praying with you, and getting counsel. Again, like Vivian’s husband did.
- If you find yourself in this situation, you need to pray for his heart to soften and for him to be content for the Lord’s will in his life. Your nagging, whining, complaining, ‘see I told you so’ type of talk will not draw your husband closer to you or the Lord in this situation. Let God move in him as you move out of the way. You do what God has asked of you as a wife and let the Lord deal with your husband. This is not an easy task because you are living in financial fear, but remember that you have a God who can move mountains and you are the delight of His eyes. The Lord may take your man through some tough things, but He won’t forsake you in the process. He holds the whole universe in His hands, remember that, dear one!