Free Yourself Financially

Scripture: Proverbs 6:3, ‘then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!’

 

Observations: This verse is all about freeing yourself from your neighbour. Now the neighbour isn’t necessarily the person who lives next to you, but rather your fellow country man. And the reason that that you have fallen into their hands is because ‘you have put up security for them, (v1a)’ or shaken hands on a loan (v1b). In a sense you have become ‘trapped’ or ‘ensnared’ by your promise to repay them (v2). The point of this verse is to warn against the dangers of being in debt, of owing something to someone else. And the solution is to get out of debt as quickly as possible. We are advised to ‘go and humble yourself’ and ‘plea with your neighbour.’ In biblical times loans were made between individuals who were able to change the arrangements as they saw fit, however humbling ourselves and pleading with our bank managers is unlikely to change anything. But the point is that we should do everything we can to free ourselves from financial entanglements (v5), even going without sleep (v4).

 

Application: In our culture it is considered normal to go into debt, even for things that aren’t essential i.e. a new television. But when we tie up our finances we limit our ability to serve God and to help people in genuine need. We should heed Proverbs warning and be very cautious about getting into debt, and we should do everything we can to get out of debt as quickly as possible. There is nothing that feels quit so good as not owing anyone anything (except the continuing debt of love, Rom 13:8). What do you need to do to become debt free as soon as possible?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, it is so easy to get entangled in the ways of the world, particularly when it comes to money and possessions. Lord, help me to make responsible financial decisions, ones that allow me to be generous to You and to others, rather than ones that make me comfortable, or are based on fitting in with the rest of the world. Lord, help me become debt free, so that instead of giving my money to banks I can give it to Your Kingdom work in this world. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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