Saturday, October 11, 2014
HOT Financial Tips For Married Couples From Psalm 49
Among many other biblical principles, God’s Word is full of wise financial tips.
The truths He shares with us are to help us make beneficial decisions in life; many of which are made alongside our spouse.
Finances are a number one catalyst for fights among married couples; however, with God’s wisdom we can choose to avoid being part of that statistic.
According to the Unveiled Wife, here are 4 financial tips for marriage found in Psalm 49:
Tip #1: The Greatest Gift You Can Share Can't Be Bought
"No one can redeem the life of another, or give to God a ransom for them, the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough."
This is a powerful verse. It reminds us that there is no amount of money that can buy the redemption found only through Christ. No one will ever be able to afford the ransom for a life. Only God could pay that for us, and He did through His son Jesus Christ. The gift of redemption is the best gift you can share with others… and it won’t cost you a cent!
Tip #2: Invest In Others
"People, despite their wealth, do not endure."
Think of all the wealthiest people in the world, who cannot buy life. For instance, Steve Jobs – best known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. – with a net worth at around 8.3 billion, he recently passed away from a pancreatic tumor. Despite his wealth, he did not endure. This should put the value life into perspective. We cannot assume that money will save our lives, it can't. The point here is to understand that no matter what one does to defer death, it is inevitable. So if the pursuit of money is on the top of your priority list, perhaps you should reconsider. Instead of working a few more hours to get your savings up, invest intimacy in your marriage or invest quality time with your children. Your legacy of love will endure much longer then the amount stated on your bank record.
Tip #3: Trust In God's Economy
"This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. They are like sheep and are destined to die."
If we trust in ourselves and in the goals we pursue, we are self-focused. We can only get ourselves so far before brow beating and stress consume us. However, if we trust in God and pursue His will, we are God-focused… able to achieve far greater things through Him who strengthens us. Many times we even try to trust in the world’s economy, which is susceptible to loss, when we should be investing in God’s economy! We need to learn to open our fists and ask God for guidance with our finances. Which attitude of the heart do you have? How do you respond to your spouse about finances and what are you teaching your kids?
Tip #4: Be Content With What You Have
"Do not be over-awed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them."
So many of us live out each day with a furrowed eyebrow, wishing we had what our neighbours have, what our friends have, or what our families have. We are restless with discontentment, envying everyone else, judging whether they are even worthy of what they have. Let us be reminded that this scripture tells us not to be over-awed or impressed when others grow rich or what they have increases. Nothing we have can be taken with us when we pass away anyway! Our discontentment can often times lead us to make decisions that cost us highly, especially placing a wedge of disagreement between spouses. You must recognize discontentment and flee from it! Otherwise it will steal your joy and ruin precious moments with your family.