Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 4, 2011
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God… The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.” Deuteronomy 28:1-2,12
A government debt crisis becomes a crisis for those it governs—everyone is affected. Institutions, individuals and businesses are not immune, and sadly, some have even contributed to the crisis with their careless management of money. An avalanche of debt causes emotions to run rampant: fear, anger, self-preservation, hoarding and helplessness escort those indebted to debt. It’s like tiredly treading water in the middle of a vast ocean.
The Lord looks at national debt as unwise, even wrong. He says it’s ok for nations to lend, but not to borrow, because—as with households—we becomes enslaved to those we owe. Sadly, He even says there are curses associated in growing a government that has to grovel to other governments for money. A nation’s values are at stake when a foreign influence has financial control over a country. Liberty is mortgaged away for new money.
“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you” (Deuteronomy 28:15).
Is it wise to give increased credit limits to government officials—who like an obese person with a food addiction—badly need accountability around spending and budgeting? Unfortunately, those with an addictive lifestyle have to be shocked out of their denial—an intervention is necessary. We cannot spend our way out of debt or debt our way out of debt. Fiscal discipline and wholeness comes with costly cuts and living within our means.
Managing another’s money requires more responsibility not less. This is why wise stewards understand that God owns everything: governments, corporations, ministries and retirement funds. As a follower of Jesus we are a manager for Jesus, so we pray, Almighty God how would you like for us to manage Your assets? How can we transition from being a debtor nation to one that lends and influences the world on Your behalf?
What is your part in a government debt crisis? Take ownership of the problem—it is yours, theirs and ours. Avoid personal debt and model well fiscal responsibility at work, church and home. Raise the standards for what’s expected of those who manage taxpayer money and hold them accountable to implement with integrity. Mostly, seek the Lord in repentance and forgiveness, so we can all come clean as His wise stewards. His blessings abound for those who obey His commands, but regrettably curses await the disobedient.
“The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7b). “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings” (1 Corinthians 7:23).
What is my part in becoming fiscally responsible as a country and as a citizen?
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