Proverbs 22:26-27 -Debt

Proverbs 22:26-27
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

-The desire to have more and more drives people to do crazy things.  The advent of credit cards and other such means make it easier than ever to dig a hole of debt from which many never recover.  Having to constantly stay one step ahead of payments is a source of great frustration and leaves no extra income to cover when the unexpected happens (and the unexpected will happen).  At the same time, credit is a tool that can be used to hold things together when life gets unsettled but such decisions should be made very carefully.  Notice how verse 27 is worded as a question; it’s not necessarily condemning such actions, but rather inviting us to consider why we would undertake such actions.  If you can’t afford to buy something, why put yourself in a position where you may lose everything else you have, down to the place where you sleep?  Is it because you are in a crisis and need help getting back on your feet or because your greed is leading you to live beyond your means?


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