Mark 10:8 And two shall become one….
Scripture says it, but what does it mean when it comes to your finances? This can be a difficult one, but it doesn’t have to be. We come into the marriage with our past notions about how to manage finances. Right or wrong, we’ve seen how our parents did it. We’ve received advice on how to do it. So now that we’re married, now what? Single accounts, joint accounts, both?
“Two shall become one” really means that there is accord, not discord on how to handle finances. So do what works best. For some, it may mean separate accounts, but also remember that motive is important (out of the heart comes the issues of life). If one wants a single account just to maintain some type of power over the family that could be questionable, maybe disastrous. However, if there is agreement as “one” that this is best for the family based upon the strength or gift of either husband or wife in this area, then perhaps it’s ok. Discuss it, and come to an agreement as “one.”
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts I have for you, PLANS to prosper you and not harm you, to give you an expected future….
Prosperity includes many areas: health, relationships, and even finances. Take the approach that God wants the best for you in all areas, including finances. Yes, things may happen that appear to be a setback, but understand that this is not the end of the story. Married couples know that they can overcome anything together, even financial setbacks.
Jeremiah 29:11 mentions that God has a PLAN to prosper us. Planning for prosperity is important. While you may be praying for that new house, what’s the plan? Retirement…what’s the plan? Business success…what’s the plan? College…you get the picture. Married couples should sit down periodically and discuss your prosperity plan for finances. God has a plan, but what’s your plan as a married couple?
Genesis 2:24: a man shall leave his Mother and Father, and cleave unto his wife…
Exercise judgment when it comes to family and finances. There is nothing that you cannot tackle as one…together. The shield that is created at marriage between God, husband, and wife applies to finances also. Nothing should penetrate or come between that shield…between the sacred covenant of marriage.
Be careful what and how you involve family in your finances. For married couples, it goes back to agreement. Listen to your spouse, and come to a “two is better than one” agreement about what to do, and how to overcome. For those married couples blessed financially, remember that even the rich young ruler had issues. Different, but issues nonetheless. Family and finances are a subject for much discussion. Do you borrow? Give, lend, or neither?
Scripture also mentions “honoring thy Mother and Father.” What does that mean for married couples and finances? How do you assist aging parents as a couple? Again, discuss, and come to an agreement.
Ephesians 6:18: with all prayer and supplication praying at all in the Spirit…
Where two or more agree applies to married couples also. You must come together in prayer about your marriage, including your finances. Your prayers as a couple are a powerful weapon against the enemy’s attack. Stay in constant prayer about your finances, and watch God work.
I Corinthians 2:9 No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.
In a prior message, my wife and I mentioned that “marriage does not have to be that hard.” Similarly, finances and marriage do not have to be that hard. You cannot imagine what blessings God has in store for your finances, and for your marriage…because The Best Is Yet to Come!
May your marriage continue to be blessed.