Is it Possible to Find God in a Debt Crisis?
The bible tells us in Proverbs 22:7 “. . . the borrower is slave to the lender.” In other words, it’s better not to owe anyone. And yet we do. One couple I know paid $200,000 cash for a beach cottage. Within a year, however, they had opened a home equity line of credit and twelve months later, after purchasing a car and going on two cruises, they were $100,000 in debt! Finding God in their debt and the guidance He would provide to get out of it was not something they considered. They sank into despair.
For many people debt has become such a part of life that we feel outside the mainstream if we’re not juggling one credit card or another. Advertisers lure us with every conceivable message: ‘You deserve it.’ ‘Buy now, pay later,’ ‘You can have it all.’ No one mentions, however, that when we spend what we don’t have, we are borrowing from our future and putting other people in charge of our finances.
According to Meg Handley in a March, 2012 article on usnews.com, “Americans racked up nearly $48 billion in new credit card debt in 2011, 424 percent more than what they charged in 2010, and 577 percent more than in 2009.”
Prosperity coach and financial counselor, Kathy Miller, founder of A Good Steward, not only teaches her clients how to eliminate debt and regain control over their finances, she also reminds them of the guidance and grace on this topic that is available in the bible.
”What is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others. . .” (1Peter 4:10).
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we don’t see” (Hebrews 11:1).
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another. . .” (Romans 13:8).
Finding God in debt will help us achieve lasting success. Visit Kathy Miller’s website for practical help and a free newsletter.
You also may benefit from this informative YouTube video on a Christian model for getting out of debt.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com