“Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying,
“‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods
and makes himself wealthy by extortion!
How long must this go on?’
Will not your creditors suddenly arise?
Will they not wake up and make you tremble?
Then you will become their prey.”
—Habakkuk 2:6-7 NIV
My family owes the IRS money right now.
Sheesh, why am I almost more ashamed to admit that than being a prick to my wife? Alright, let me explain. We bought a house, sold that house, bought a new one, and now we have some capital gains tax to pay.
I was in the process of paying it before it completely slipped off my to-do list for a couple weeks, and now I’ve charged us more daily interest through my foolishness.
You know what God hates a lot? Gaining wealth dishonestly. Now, 14 days worth of capital gains interest is probably not the level of “credit” Israel was guilty of, but God’s point remains: “Be good stewards of what I give you!”
Think about it this way: Among Israel’s lengthy list of sins, God made certain to mention her extortion and creditors. He knows what we don’t know, that being it’s not a good look to non-Believers, it’s dangerous, and it tears us from our reliance on Him.
Daily Battle Order:
Give yourself a S.E.F. (Spiritual Evaluation of Finances) right now. How are things? In debt? Are you treating people fairly? Your customers? Your employees? Your employers?
Give to someone today. Don’t get caught up in greed—it’s going to end poorly.