Today’s Debt is Tomorrow’s Dilemma

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Darlene Franklinby Darlene Franklin

One of my favorite Bible stories as a child told the miracle of how God filled borrowed jars with oil at a time of a widow’s desperate need. I recently reread the story with the eyes of an adult and noticed something very important.

The prophet died broke, in debt, unprepared. The debt was so great that the debtor was going to claim her two sons as slaves. His widow wouldn’t have needed a miracle if her husband had managed his money better.

In view of the prophet’s financial habits, Elisha’s final words to the widow take on new meaning: Sell the oil. Make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what is left. (2 Kings 4:7, MSG)

Collect your resources. Pay your debts first. Budget how to live on the remainder of the money. Don’t get into debt again.

I can’t change the past. But I can learn to live responsibly on what is left.

Calico Brides

Darlene Franklin is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-six books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can read her daily devotionals at


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