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The financial a$pect$ of thi$ chapter $tood out to me today.

vs 3: 

 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,

but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

I know this applies to more than money, but this is SO true of financial hazards!!

vs 4: 

Humility and the fear of the LORD

bring wealth and honor in life.

Confession:  One of the fastest ways to get my dander up is to make me watch a television preacher (hype-er) asking for seed money on your way to personal wealth and happiness  “God wants it for you, take Him at His word, send in that initial gift and watch Him work” –  GIVE me a break (or a bat)!    

What brings wealth and honor in life?   Humility and the fear of the Lord (also known as the beginning of wisdom)   I want whatever wealth comes my way to be what the Lord entrusts to me, with honor.

vs 7b: 

The borrower is servant to the lender.    

You know how true this is if you’ve ever fallen behind in paying back a loan, or have wanted to give to a special cause but can’t because your money’s already committed—even the money you haven’t earned yet.  There’s a reason “loan” and “shark” are used in the same breath so often.

vv 26-27:

Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;

if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Dave Ramsey, founder of Financial Peace University has excellent, biblical principles and methods to break free of debt which has a strangle-hold on the United States more than anywhere else in the world.  The lending business is no game, it’s not benevolent or gracious, and when push comes to shove, it will do both.  

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it (vs 3).   I hope you’re the former not the latter in verse three.  The heartache you’ll save yourself and your family will be worth it – not to mention the money poured down the drain called “consumer interest”.

Solomon knew.   He was financially free as far as we know. When we’re not in debt –to anyone– we’re free too.  Completely free.  It’s true of a person, a family, a church, a company, and though difficult to imagine, it would be true of our country too.

Want to give away your freedom?  Borrow money.

Something to think about.

—PLR—

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