Debt is an oppressive weight. It hangs in the air like Amazonian humidity which makes it hard to breath, hard to live and move and enjoy our being in God.
Sometimes debt happens. Often times we are its creators. Regardless of how it appeared, it grows and lives and visits us as we try and sleep. It can become the monster in the attic, under the stairs, hidden yes, but we are always aware and our children know that we are afraid . . . of something.
Debt binds us to work we that don’t like and to a frugality that scorns our small indulgence. It is the price we pay for convenience, amusement, and appetite— requirements of our lives that are not requisites at all for living.
But we learn to live with it (is what we think) and ignore it when it sits at our table and climbs in bed between us and our spouse. It has a seat in the car and joins us on every vacation to remind us of our misfortune or our compulsiveness or both.
If you have been waiting for a sign to end this relationship then consider yourself served. Begin to tackle what you owe with prayer, repentance, humility, and with a plan.
Track your successes and bring down your enemy. Debt is the one problem that can be solved by throwing money at it.
Oh, right, we need some bible verses to make this a spiritual exercise. How about this:
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith MORAL EXCELLENCE” (II Peter 1:2-5).