Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.
How are your barns and vats doing these days? It takes a lot of time and effort to fill these massive repositories, let alone bring them to overflow. But God’s word tells us that if we honor Him with our wealth, He’ll give us way more than we need. And yet... it takes time.
Financial health is not a sprint, it’s an ultramarathon. Anything over 31 miles qualifies as an ultramarathon. Some are over 100 miles. You go out and just keep running. You eat and drink while you run. It’s a long way to go but the sense of accomplishment at the end is pretty amazing. A few weeks ago, I served as a crewmember for a friend who ran the 72-mile Georgia Death Race. Mike had attempted the race one year earlier and dropped out at mile 42. This time, after running, walking, climbing, eating, drinking, stumbling, falling, and getting back up for hours on end, he finished the race. 243 signed up. Only 162 finished.
Afterward, he wrote, “I'm alive. It was everything I hoped and feared that it would be. It forced me to take myself to the absolute limits of my mental, emotional, and physical capabilities. I felt every emotion possible it would seem: happiness, excitement, fear, sadness, loneliness, frustration, pain, discouragement, confidence, satisfaction, annoyance, inadequacy, invincibility, and on.”
Sounds a lot like the experience of working hard to get out of debt. Not everyone makes it. Some people drop due to injury. Others lose heart and quit. Some come back and conquer it in their second try.
Have you tried to get out of debt before? Did you have to quit because of a job loss, a death in the family, or other unforeseen circumstances? Or maybe you lost heart and quit? Do you dare to try again? If so, let’s start today. Then keep going. Don’t give up. With God’s help, you can do this.