Proverbs 22: 7
The poor are always ruled over by the rich, so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power.
It is a common practice in the business world for people to borrow or take loans to execute a project. It seems a fast and easy way to procure funds for the execution of a project. People purchase things with the hope of paying back later when they get their pay/salary. “There is nothing wrong with that”, they think to themselves, “after all I am expecting some income”. They seem wise in their conceit until they discover they are now choked up by inexplicable debt.
The bible is quite clear on its stand on borrowing; it is not a wise action. The Amplified Version of our passage of focus renders it thus, “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender”. Now we know that we are the servants of the Highest and going by what Jesus said about no one being able to serve two masters, it means borrowing pitches us between depending on men and depending on/serving our Father. It is no different than trying to help God fulfil His promise as Sarah did and created a problem.
Borrowing pitches us between depending on men and depending on/serving our Father. It is no different than trying to help God fulfil His promise as Sarah did and created a problem.
Often people borrow because they want to experience the beauty and glory of the future, today. They want to skip the process of gradually building up what our Father has committed to them. Or perhaps, it may just be a case of not knowing how to get the needed resources to start or sustain the assignment.
When people borrow, they are effectively eating the seeds for tomorrow’s harvest today. They convert their tomorrow’s harvest (which also contains the seed for future harvest) into today’s food. They spend (a part of) their income/profit before they get it. They turn themselves to the slaves of the lender(s) without actively desiring it. Gradually their whole working experience becomes a journey to repay the debts owed.
Our Father expects us to grow things, even as a farmer gets his fruits from growing and nurturing a seed. Do not despise (this) small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin… (Zechariah 4: 10 TLB). Like the rebuilding of Israel in the time of Cyprus, a job done without borrowing, though the beginning may be rough, the final work is bound to be glorious.
Our Father provides all we need for the execution of any task. We are only stewards. The job is His, and it is His sole responsibility to provide resources, not ours. However, we need to identify these resources and use them.
We are in sync with the Father and can easily identify the resources for our tasks. We do not need to borrow from men or depend on them. We have access to unlimited resources!!
Deuteronomy 15: 6 For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.