Exodus 20:15, "Thou shalt not steal." Four very simple words and yet very profound when put together in this sentence. What is the basic meaning of "steal"? Answer, To take something that is not yours. That something could be anything and everything.
Last month the LORD began to convict me about something in this area. It is a government program that many, many have had to use in the last couple of years. I believe it is a good program....until it starts to go beyond the realm for which it was created. I am talking about unemployment. All those who are rightfully employed (and their employers) have to pay into this program. If they ever get laid off from their jobs, then the unemployment program pays them back what they have already contributed. However, with America's economics being so bad, there has been something extra added to unemployment. It is called emergency unemployment. It gives out more money to those who are still not employed. I thought it was pretty nice, until the LORD helped me to realize that the emergency monies were not coming from the one who was once employed, it is coming from the monies of those who are still employed...and that is stealing. That emergency money does not belong to those who are unemployed, it belongs to those who are contributing it.
Once I understood what was happening, I repented of stealing, and took a step of faith. We stopped receiving unemployment for my daughter. Guess what? Within a week of doing that which the LORD commanded, He blessed her with a wonderful new job.