We fast and pray on Mondays for God to move: to move men toward leadership, to move women’s hearts toward softness and responsiveness, and to move both toward marriage where desired.
Have you ever decided to do something only to have the decision challenged a week later?
A few weeks ago, I listened to a sermon by James MacDonald on money, which led to conversations with family and friends about financial matters. Then, I became obsessed with listening to podcasts by Dave Ramsey and Howard Dayton dealing with a Christian perspective of finances. And by obsessed, I mean I’ve hit up the archives and haven’t missed a day’s post in two weeks.
There is a challenge and a blessing to being the sole provider and caretaker of one’s financial well-being, as I’m sure many have experienced. However, what I’m being reminded of through my podcast obsession is there are principles throughout scripture for handling money that supersede the challenges of a single income.
I figure that becoming more biblically aligned in financial matters will only translate into a healthier marriage in the future (at least for the part I bring to it). After all, one of the top areas of conflict in marriage is money and debt, so if I can do something now to avoid major conflict in the future, I’m on it.
I set a goal to knock out my remaining student loan debt by the end of the year. To hold myself accountable, I told a few people. After having my goal practically written in stone (like on here) my resolve was challenged. Monday, as I multitasked between the TV, internet, and phone I looked over and the TV was black with death. Granted it was a freebie from Grandma and had already logged 12 years, but it really had to die a week after I told people my financial goal (and TV buying wasn’t it).
My resolve was surely tested, but if goals were always easy we wouldn’t feel a sense of accomplishment when they are conquered. The knowledge gathered from the podcasts and scripture was compelling me to continue towards the goal.
Here are just a few of the scriptures:
Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Want to listen or read more about the topic of money in scripture:
I want to continue to grow in this area, not just for the benefit to a possible marriage, but because being debt-free, sets us free. The freedom allows us to join God in His work around the world; free to give to well projects in Africa, free to quit the second job and volunteer, free to leave a legacy of giving. And in case you were wondering, I’ve junked the TV and cut the cable, no need for TV with all of these podcasts.