Has your car ever broken down and you had to catch a ride to work with someone?

Or, has your lawnmower ever died in the middle of cutting your grass and you had to borrow a neighbor’s to finish the job?

Whatever the situation, having to borrow from someone else can be frustrating, awkward, and inconvenient.

God understands the limitations that being a “borrower” can cause. He knows that being a lender is better than being a borrower. When you’re a lender, you don’t have to depend on someone else’s car or lawnmower. You have your own, and you can use it at any time without restraints or limitations.

In Deuteronomy 28:12, God told the nation of Israel that if they would obey His laws, they would lend to many nations and wouldn’t have to borrow from others. This was a new concept for Israel. They had lived in Egypt as slaves for many years before God set them free. They weren’t used to owning anything. Everything they had belonged to the Egyptians. So when God told them He would make them lenders, it was a pretty huge deal! That meant they would get to own stuff, and other people would want to borrow from them.

This is still part of God’s blessing for us today. He wants us to be lenders and not borrowers! 

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The Take Away:

One of the blessings of obeying God’s Word is that He will make you a lender. That means you’ll own equipment and resources, and you’ll have more than enough so that you can lend to others. As a lender, you can be a godly influence and a blessing to those around you.

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