What Does The Word Of God Say About Debt? – Part 3
– by Gerrie Bester
We have learnt that the Word of God does not teach us that it is a sin to have debt. He warns us against the slavery characteristics and risks thereof, such as draining your wealth, but does not say that it is a sin in itself. There is an important fact from the Word of Abba Father that we need to consider before incurring debt – God never used debt as method of provision for His children in the Bible. He promises to provide for His children in many ways, but never used loans as a method to do so. Interesting isn’t it?
Let’s look to the Bible
Let us study a promise from the Word of Abba Father concerning the provision for His children from the following verse: “The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.” – Deuteronomy 28:12. The Hebrew language “paints” pictures in two of the words included is this verse. The Hebrew word translated as the words “lend” and “borrow” are the same word in Hebrew, namely “la’vah”. Because of the context in which “la’vah” is used in this verse however, it has different pictures that it paints. The “la’vah” translated as “lend” in this verse has the meaning “to unite” or to “weave together”. The context of “la’vah” translated as “borrow” however has the meaning of “being placed under an obligation”.
God’s amazing promises
Looking at this you see a deeper meaning in this promise from Abba Father in this verse: He promises to bless His children and bless the work of their hands in such way that the fruit generated from this will be sufficient to bind together or unite nations – yet His children will be free from the obligation of needing to enter into a debt that enslaves you. How incredible is the Word of Abba Father? There is however a prerequisite for this blessing listed in Deuteronomy 28:1 – the promise is made to those who “diligently obey the Lord your God.”
What is God’s Will for us?
God’s dream for us, His children, is to live our lives free from the obligation of debt. He provides for us, but it remains our responsibility to manage this provision. We can save, spend, or give it away – but He warns that when we spend more than what was given to us, debt will “gladly” enter the arena to put us under the weight of its obligation. There is something we have remember: It doesn’t matter how much God provides – if we spend more than we have, we will always be bound in debt!
JOY! Magazine (June 2018)