Good overview and intro to this topic from a hot spot of the world.
1 Tim 5:8 is an undecorated warning clear and simple. It should go without saying, but it does remind us of God’s concern for this area of our lives.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Fortunately, God is gracious and forgiving and helps us pick up the pieces when we fail. He has for me anyways.
Prov 24:16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Luke 12:15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
Beware. Be on your guard. Debt, like a thief, rides the back of greed and sneaks around waiting to break in.
I know you know about the dangers of debt. But, think deeply about it for a moment.
Debt always presumes upon the future. It assumes that you will be around tomorrow and the next day and the next etc. to pay it off.
If life is hard today, hard enough that you have to take away from tomorrow to deal with today, then how can you expect tomorrow to be easier than it is today if you will have even less to work with?
Think deeply about debt.
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This is the exact Panasonic 8-Track Record Player I bought for about $350 when I was about 15. I had saved money I made mowing lawns. It came with two large speakers that were awesome. I actually went to the store with the intention of buying a model with a cassette player, but the store was out of them. I remember debating “should I wait and get what I really want, or go ahead and get this one?” I could not wait. I had already waited a long time. I bought it.
I brought it home, unpacked it, set it up and slightly regretted getting it because I did not have any 8-tracks to play on it! They were on their way out and cassettes were taking over. Nonetheless, I began “burning” my own 8-tracks since this had a recorder. (We didn’t use the word “burn” back then; we simply said, “record.”)
Later, while at an electronics store looking at all the new “stereos,” I picked up a brochure about a very nice cassette duplicator. I hung on to that for many years, looking at it from time to time, hoping that one day I would get it. After college and work started, it never made it high enough on my priority list of things I needed. I eventually threw the brochure away as it was no longer important to me.
What ever happened to that Panasonic 8-track stereo? When we moved to New Mexico someone broke into our house and stole it! I was mad. This picture is probably a picture of mine!
Someday, you too will have a history of financial choices you have made that you will either regret or be glad you did. Back then, I did not filter my desires through God’s will for my life; I wish I had known about them. The road to poverty is a very easy road to walk. This lesson will shine light on the road to financial success and make it very appealing. I hope and pray you follow.
Isaiah 55:8 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.