Til Debt Do Us Part

People would think most divorces in America come as a result of infidelity, but that isn’t so. There is infidelity in many marriages, but most divorces in the Land of Plenty are the result of people going into debt trying to live like the rich man down the street. We cannot live above our capacity to earn and those people who try to live above their earning power are fools and in debt up to their eye balls, or they are liars and thieves. Either way they are going to crash and burn if someone doesn’t rescue them. We cannot live beyond our means and not expect problems to arise especially when the bills are past due because there is no money to pay on the accounts. Then the debt collectors begin calling every few minutes wanting what is owed to them. Then the government legalized harassment begins in earnest and in some instances becomes so severe it taxes even the strongest of people, and you know how people are when the going gets tough, they get going. And many times their going means leaving behind the spouse and the children to suffer through this time the best they can. As a result of people not knowing how to handle their finances properly, the divorce rate for married couples in America continues to creep upward, even in the church. Why is the divorce rate so high in the Land of Plenty? The answer is surprisingly simple. Jesus told His disciples, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

No man can serve two masters. You cannot serve God and mammon. We know who God is. He’s the one who sent His Son into the world to save us from our sins of chasing after false gods, and Mammon is a false god. Mammon is described as anything we own or are pursuing which draws our attention away from God our Savior. So when we place our faith in money, we are placing our faith in an inanimate object called mammon. There is no life in money, or the things it can buy, therefore money is not a permanent solution for our problems. It cannot fix our problems, and in many cases, money or the lack thereof, is the problem starter. The only good thing money can do for a person is provide temporary relief for their natural body from a pressing need such as food, warmth, and protection from the elements. Jesus said in the Beatitudes, We are to Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the things the gentiles seek after, will be added unto you.” (My paraphrase) What is it the unbelievers seek after? Food, clothing and shelter. If we spend our time seeking food, clothing and the nicest homes, we are seeking mammon first; the proper order for our seeking is reversed and against God’s wishes. God says, “The love of money is the root of all evil” Man’s hunger cannot be satisfied by mammon. We always want more, more, and still more. Our hunger can only be satisfied by God. Therefore, we are to seek God, not things. God will not share His glory with an idol. Money and mammon, whether you have a lot or little is nothing more than a distraction designed by Satan to draw our attention away from the One real thing in all of life. God is real! His truth is real! Heaven and hell are real! And those who live their life according to His Word will find the meaning of life, love, and fulfillment. And when we pursue God with our whole heart, He has promised us we will not have to pursue the things unbelievers seek after. He is our Jehovah Jireh, Our Provider, and He will provide everything we need, and more. (Jeremiah 29:13)

This time of year is the season for giving, but that does not include giving what you cannot afford to give. God began the giving by sending His Son to earth as a babe; and the gifts the Son came bearing cannot be found sitting on store shelves in pretty packaging, and you can’t buy them with money or credit cards. You can only get them by asking Him to come into your life and change it from what it is – to what He wants it to become. And you won’t have to worry about “Til Debt Do Us Part” because God’s Word teaches us how to use our money wisely and how to live our life  boldly, beholden to no one but the Lord. Merry Christmas. DThrash


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