Stating the Obvious #3. “Debt destroys.”

Stating the Obvious #3. “Debt destroys.”

If you gave a $1000 bill away every second, how long would it take you to pay off the current USA debt of $30 trillion? Check my math, but I believe it will take three hundred and forty-seven years.

For the ordinary person, $30,000,000,000,000 is an impossible amount to conceptualise in cash. A more manageable way to grasp it is to divide that $30 trillion by the 330 million Americans—it comes to about $92,000 each. That’s man, woman, and child…!

Away from the scourge of the national debts borrowed by your government and mine, is that personal debt held by most of us. Those mortgages, credit cards, car payments and student loans that can stay with you for decades; rare is the person who lives with none of this.

It is not hard to see the misery wrought by debt. It has been a cruel weapon in the hands of Satan. Families, friendships, and businesses have been rent asunder as they have descended into bottomless pits of debt.

If you are stuck in the debt-trap, get help.

Every good Stewardship mentor, book, or podcast will advise a debt-free Christian walk. The better ones will teach you how to get out of debt and how to stay out of it. Any advice extolling the virtues of borrowing should be assigned to the dustbin.

When speaking about lending and borrowing, many have taken heart in God’s promise to Israel:

“The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow” (Deuteronomy 28:12).

Though this promise was made to the whole nation of Israel, you and I can glean strength and insight from it. The same God who promised to bless their faithfulness and obedience, promises to bless yours too.

I offer no false hopes of God doling out $1000 bills every second for half a millennium. However, Christ not only promises to meet your needs, but promises to give you all you need to help others (Matthew 6:25-34; 2 Corinthians 9:8).

Debt is best left out of that equation.

John Staiger

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