I am currently reading through the book of Proverbs, and for the past several days have been running across verses like these:
“Better to live in a tent in the wild than with a cross and petulant spouse.” (21:19)
“Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.” (25:24)
“A nagging spouse is like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet; you can’t turn it off, and you can’t get away from it.” (27:15-16)
These verses from The Message all use the word spouse, but the NIV says WIFE in every case!
Do I honestly need to inform my husband in an annoyed and scolding tone that his shoes left a dirt trail on the kitchen floor? Or do I need to simply clean up the mess with a serving heart. Do I really need to tell him that I don’t think he handled a situation in the right way? Or should I pray that God would give him wisdom to know the best thing to do.
(Insert your own example here)
I really don’t want my beloved to prefer a tent or a shack over living with me. May we as wives find ways to stop that leaky faucet this week!