Daily Devotional: Day 80
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender” (Proverbs 22:7, RSV).
God wants you to live with dignity. And part of living with dignity is to live within your means and avoid a cycle of debt. God doesn’t want you to build your life on a foundation of debt. Rather, He wants you to own what you have and spend what truly belongs to you, and not be a slave to any individual lender or financial organization.
The credit card system of the modern era is extremely enticing, but upon close examination, you’ll realize that it’s a snare. It makes you spend money you don’t have or haven’t worked for; and many people are oblivious to the fact that this system wasn’t designed to empower you or to make you free. Rather, it’s designed to benefit the creators of the system and make you a slave to banks, lenders and creditors.
Whoever lends you money basically owns you. That’s the truth; there’s no way around it. To stay ahead, use your credit card (and loans also) as sparingly as possible; and if you use it, make sure it’s for purely strategic purposes that will maximize your advantage in life. Set up a smart, Bible-based personal financial strategy to beat the system – in an honest way – before the system beats you. The financial system that controls much of the world is rigged against the poor, the working class and the middle class; you need to make peace with this reality and figure out how to survive, escape the matrix and live with dignity. In this regard, God’s Word is your sure guide. With God, you can’t go wrong. Pay attention to everything He says in the Bible about finances and you’ll gain an advantage in life.
Furthermore, avoid the habit of spending money you don’t have. Don’t become a victim of our current materialistic and consumerist culture. They entice you to buy things you don’t need, then they lend you more money (with interest; don’t forget!) to help you buy more. From time to time, they even send you treats for good behavior; they call it “reward points.” This makes you feel good about yourself, and it motivates you to stay in the financial maze they’ve designed for you.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, the Holy Spirit is no liar. When He says the rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender, we need to pay attention to His words. He spoke these words more than 2000 years ago. And they’re as valid today as they were then. As God’s children, our heavenly Father wants us to open our eyes to see reality for what it is. Stay ahead of the financial system, else it’ll own you and use you for the better part of your life. Fulfill the plan God has for you, which is, to be the head and not the tail. Amen.
Daddy God, thank you for opening my eyes through the Scriptures. Give me wisdom to manage my finances. And empower me to live as the head and not the tail. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
For further study: Genesis 23:1-20