When I was a young man I had ten credit cards and, of course, I had ten invoices coming in the mail all the time. The reason was simple, I was only paying the minimum payment on some of the bills. I did not know the Lord personally in those days, but the Spiritual principles and laws of money, wealth, and commerce were at work whether I believed or not. I was guilty of breaking this law. Prov. 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
A sister in the Lord that I was counseling for her debt problems had owed a Doctor $425.00 for over three years and had not made a payment during that time. She was constantly asking the Doctor for more time with his invoice and yet she was traveling to all types of Christian conferences. When we looked into all her debt, there were more creditors owed, and she was treating them in a similar fashion. I explained Prov. 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
The irony would have been funny, but this was pathetic. She was stealing the money owed the Doctor in order to enhance her Spiritual life in Christ by spending the owed money on Christian conferences. She was not choosing the advice of this bible verse. Prov. 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. She could not understand why she found it so hard to hear God’s direction in her life. Mark 4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
I explained that until she started to seriously deal with her creditors she would find it hard to move forward in the blessing of God’s provision. It took a year and a half for her to pay off her outstanding debts, but finally came to a place where Rom. 13:8a Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. had become real to her.
The principle of God’s financial grace will come to you when you seek Him first. Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Yes, the proverb tells me to choose a good name and that I will do with the help of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.