It is the mission of HITCHED to develop Godly, young marriages through fellowship and specific Biblical instruction that will lead to strong families working together to impact the world around them for Jesus Christ.

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Of Mice and Marriages
I recently read a staggering statistic – more than 50% of couples that file for divorce list financial problems as the leading cause.  Although I cannot verify that statistic, marriage counselors say that financial pressure and difficulties do contribute to the collapse of a great number of marriages.

As with anything, we must look to the Bible for instruction if we are to ensure success with our finances.  There are more than 800 verses in scripture that deal with finances, more than any other topic except the condition of a man’s heart.  Even then, Jesus ties the heart to money when He says, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”  Obviously, God wants us to know how to handle money.  If we do not manage our money, then our money will manage us, and that can have devastating affects on our marriages.   According to Jimmy Evans in his book Marriage on the Rock there are seven Biblical principles for financial success.

Principle One: Ownership

Psalm 24:1  The earth [is] the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

The first fact we must acknowledge before we can truly succeed with our finances is: We own nothing and God owns everything.

If we take ownership of anything, then we set ourselves up for financial instability, or worse, financial disaster resulting in stress on the marriage.  We must repent and surrender our way to the Lord and seek His guidance in our decision making process.  As I have already said, God has given a plethora of instruction in His word on this topic.

Principal Two:  Stewardship

Malachi 3:8-12  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it]. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

This is a Biblical truth: God blesses those that give.  It is not hard to give if you realize it was not yours in the beginning.  When we give the tenth of our increase we are affirming His ownership over our finances.  What God owns is blessed!

Principal Three: Leadership

Proverbs 11:14   Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

Often times, leadership is perceived only as the ability to guide or influence others through wisdom or experience. However, for an individual to experience the full depth of leadership, then he also must allow himself to be guided and influenced by other wise counsel. It is wise to develop a financial plan. A financial plan, also known as a budget, is an essential tool for financial success.  Dave Ramsey, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and New York Times best-selling author, has some great resources on the subject of financial management.  I would recommend any of his products to anyone that is serious about honoring God with his finances. It is good to note that the Bible says in Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”  Let us consider the converse of this statement. Is it unreasonable to say that if man does not have a plan, then God cannot direct the man’s steps? 

Principle Four: Contentment

Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 

Being content does not mean that you cannot have big dreams and desires for greater things.  It means that you are thankful for what you have, and are willing to wait for God’s provision and time for more.  True contentment means that you will continue to be thankful if you never have more than food and covering.

Principal Five: Faithfulness

Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

People who are out to get rich quick are suckers for con artists.  According to Proverbs 28:20 “he shall not be innocent.”  About the way to get rich, one financial expert says, “Spend less than you make, and do it for a long time.”  Faithfulness is God’s way.  Day-in and day-out do what is right, and it will result in success.

Principal Six: Freedom

Proverbs 22:26 Be not thou [one] of them that strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties for debts.

Proverbs 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender. 
The Bible has a lot to say about debt. Although I do not believe it is a sin to borrow money, more and more I realize that too much debt is bondage.  I recommend that you pay cash for everything, with the exception of your house, but even than you will want to limit that debt as well.  A look at the economy in the housing market will testify to the wisdom of the Bible in this matter.  A good starting point to understand financial freedom is to read Dave Ramsey’s book Total Money Make Over.

Principal Seven: Selflessness

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Selfishness poses a threat to the well-being of any marriage.  When a financial plan is created by both the husband and the wife, and each has the betterment of the home in mind, then marital strains due to finances are minimized.  When done right, a financial plan brings a sense of unity and purpose to the home.  Discuss your goals and plans with your spouse and work together to achieve those goals.

In the story “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, the goals and dreams of two men could not be achieved no matter how careful their plans were.  Success in marriage and finances cannot be achieved no matter how hard you try without following the principles outlined in the Bible.  Let it be your goal this year to turn to God for all instruction in righteousness, and you will have the blessings of the Lord upon all aspects of your life not just finances."