“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” (Pro 22:7)
I don’t think I would like to be a slave. Despite us thinking that it is an ancient trade, there are more slaves on the planet today than there have ever been. It is a tragic industry trading in human misery.
Yet here in Proverbs, a borrower is described as a slave to the lender. The power a master has over a slave has no end. It is a good reminder about God’s attitude toward debt. When we are in debt, we are literally owned by the person we are in debt to. Think twice and think again before entering into debt.
Give due heed to this Scripture when you look to enter into any debt contract. When we are in debt, we lose a piece of our freedom.
Quick Prayer: Teach me how to live with minimal debt. Amen.
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.” (Psa 37:21)
We are called to be in contrast to those around us. If it is considered good practice to borrow and not to repay, then we should give generously. Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it is okay to do.
We serve a generous God—One Who gave everything to save us. The material things we have are all His. Everything we have, and everything we are, has come from the hand of a generous God. We are merely stewards of what has been entrusted to us. It is all God’s.
“If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.” (Exo 22:25)
When we have a position of authority and substance, it comes with a level of responsibility. When we are entering into a deal or project with one another, we have a duty of care to consider their circumstances.
This is no truer than when we are involved in the family of faith. That is not to say we should always do everything for believers at a discount or for free, but we should consider the impact on the other party and his or her ability to pay.
Sometimes it is not meant to be a purely commercial business deal; God may have something else in mind. He may be calling you to bless someone in the midst of your business dealings.
Quick Prayer: When You call me to help, let it be done well and in an appropriate way. Amen.