Well, it’s that time of year again. TAX TIME.
Taxes have been the bane of human existence since biblical times. The Bible speaks about tax collectors being hated and people being thankful that they were not tax collectors. Most of us would agree that taxes are a necessary evil (or perhaps just evil). So why am I talking about this today? To bring up the importance of obedience – obedience to the authorities in place over us (in this case, the government agencies) and obedience to God in our handling of our personal finances. As part of a married couple, my husband and I have to recognize that God promises blessings when we are wise stewards of what we have been given.
Finances can cause all kinds of problems in marriage because we don’t always agree on what being wise means. For some, being a wise steward is paying extra in taxes so that you get a large refund at the end of the tax year. For others, it’s keeping control of the money and paying the government on April 15th so that they do not get the money any sooner than necessary. For some, being a wise steward is tithing on gross income. For some, it’s tithing on net income, and still for others, its tithing whatever you feel God is leading you to give. The point is that being obedient in your finances can take different forms depending on your personality, your relationship with your spouse, and your relationship with God.
The important thing to remember is that you and your spouse are a team and as a team you must decide together what God expects from you in regard to your finances. You must discuss finances together, pray about finances together, and then you must take action together.
Don’t let finances tear your relationship apart. Be diligent in working together with each other for God’s best in your relationship.