12 Jun Simple Truth, Profound Meaning…
So this last Monday I’m sitting in my bible study while we are covering a condensed version of Crown Financial Ministries; the basics of biblical ways to wisely manage money. The topic comes up about what the bible says about Surety, the idea that a financial promise by a party to assume responsibility for the debt of another party (ie co-signing) and the larger topic of debt. God teaches that we should only borrow what we have the ability to pay off. This is supported by verses like “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7 NIV).
So one of our regular study attendees asks how we handle heavy debt loads and how the principal works with buying a home. The argument was given that you have to weigh what is more important, but ultimately when God calls you to do something, stepping out in obedience is the most important thing.
The story of Noah was brought up and we discussed how Noah certainly did not have the money to build the Ark. Someone made a comment that Noah must have had to borrow to build the Ark as the resources to build such a thing in those days must have been enormous. The presenter said “this is an example of trusting God, for when God calls us to do something, He will give us the means to accomplish it. Besides, if Noah did borrow to finish the Ark, God took care of Noah’s creditors”.
At least three people were on the floor laughing.
I had taken an ill timed drink of water… Did you know blowing water out of your nose is painful? Who knew?