So, after my last post on despair and denial of the Lord, I figured I would address another elephant in the room amongst Christians.
I often wonder why we don't share about certain topics because who better to understand our fragility, brokenness, sin, failures, and hard times than another sister in the Lord, after all, they are no different than we are plus we worship the same God.
|I once had excellent credit.|
So here comes the elephant.
In America, the all-powerful credit score has a way of defining us even as Christians. If we have great credit we have a tendency to think we have arrived at a place of financial success, freedom, or more importantly, stability. If we have poor credit, then we have the tendency to feel like we will never again be able to purchase something of value, we will have a hard time 'getting ahead in life' and our overall financial outlook can seem depressing until our score is raised. In a snapshot, our FICO number tells the lender who we are, thus, it does define us to a certain extent.
I have lived a life where I have had both types of credit. Once, my credit was excellent. In fact, I used to receive catalogs in the mail for fur coats! I am not sure how I got on that mailing list because I don't even wear fur coats, not because I have an issue with wearing fur, but because that is just not my style. Yet, all the while I am receiving these high-end catalogs because of my credit score, I am still shopping at the Dollar Tree.
Then our financial stability came crashing down. Now, I am all for saving money but you can only save so much. The financial experts say you should have 6 months worth of your expenses in savings in case you lose your job or some other disaster comes your way. This is a very shrewd principle and one that we followed as best we could. As believers, God has entrusted us with His resources. We are managing all that He has given us, so to be good stewards was something that we desired to be. But sometimes life does not go according to our plans. “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7
But what happens when you have already lived off all of your savings and there is no new income for you to start building your wealth again? When you are literally living day to day as you seek to provide the basic needs for your family, how do you build your savings again? Where do you go from here when your score starts to plummet? What do we cling to?
Having our credit going from excellent to poor was a fearful time for us. We put a lot of our worth and weight into our credit score. We were so uptight about not being able to pay our bills and we wondered what was going to happen to us.
|My heart sank when I saw the notice.|
In the midst of all that worry, shortly we received the dreaded notice that was posted on our door....the one that said our property was going to sale on the courthouse steps on April 4th, 2010. My dream home, the house that we deemed as 'the land of milk and honey' was no longer going to be our home. My heart sank when I saw the paper. I knew it was just a matter of time when we would need to move but it was still hard to experience the reality of our situation.
Now we needed to find a place to rent, but who in their right mind was going to rent to us? We had bad credit! Our property was going to be foreclosed upon in a matter of weeks and my husband was self-employed so it wasn't like he could show proof of employment along with pay stubs. We were high-risk renters.
I fretted and worried again. “Fear not for I am with you be not afraid.” Isaiah 41:10
- Lord, how are we going to find a home?
- Logically, who would rent to us based on our financial situation?
- Lord, we only have so much money saved up.
- How are we going to afford the additional deposit required because of our poor credit?
- Do you know what our credit score is Lord?
"I am bigger than your credit score," He said to me. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 47:10
As I look back at this time, it is sad for me to see how I doubted God. Over and over in my life He has shown me His hand. Through the months leading up to this time, He literally led me to a doctor where healing and restoration was taking place in my body after so many years of chronic illnesses, (you can read more about that here at, Lord, Why on Earth Would You Allow This? (The Refiner's Fire Part 2)). He also pulled me out of the pit of despair and denial as He set me back on His path, (and you can read that story here at, Before the Rooster Crows Part 1 and 2.) Yet, through all of this, I still doubted Him. I forgot about His faithfulness because I looked at my circumstances.
As I write this I realize I needed to reverse my thinking and it should go something like this:
I need to look at His faithfulness while He looks at my circumstances.
It’s His nature to care for His sheep because it’s part of His job for being God.
God is in the business of doing miracles, in fact, miracle making is a part of who He is. It defines Him.
If God had a job description it would read something like this:
-Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Making Miracles-Responsible for doing miracles all day, everyday. No time off and no vacations.
So, back to my story. Once again, the Miracle Maker showed up on the scene and within one week of looking for a place to rent, we became renters. How does that happen? It happens because of God.
My husband told the Landlord our entire financial story and the Landlord still rented his home to us. He said, “There’s just something about you guys.” He further reduced the monthly rent, gave us an extra 2 weeks free and we paid a ridiculously low deposit. Who does that? The Miracle Maker had His hand in all of this.
No matter where you live or how much money you make (or don’t make) and regardless of your credit score, none of that defines you. Christ wants your heart and your complete devotion to Him, and Him alone. He wants you to rely solely on Him- not your credit score, not your bank account, and not your job.
God wants to get all the glory all the time.
"Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:3-5
I am bigger than your credit score. ~God
Look to His faithfulness,