Does God Give People Wealth?
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.” (Deut 8:18)
God doesn’t give us wealth; He gives us the ability to produce wealth. This speaks to a responsibility of fruitfulness. We have to take the ability and use it wisely, in accordance with Biblical principles. The ability is a gift. The wealth, the fruit, and the responsibility come with not only a command to multiply but in how we use it.
The parable of the talents is often used as an analogy for gifts. The talent was a unit of currency, so this parable is about money. The command is to be fruitful with the resources we are given.
God is interested in our finances and how we create them and use His gifts to build wealth at work.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the ability to produce wealth. Help me to do it Your way, for Your glory. Amen.
“Watch out!…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NIV)
How easy it is to be distracted with work, wealth, and possessions. Trust Jesus to cut through and tell it like it is. We need to be reminded of our priorities and of the things that can so easily ensnare us. Our life is more than what we do, where we work, and what we own. We are called to operate with excellence in our sphere of influence yet be untainted by its falsehood.
Jesus again exhorts us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Our challenge is to run our agendas, schedules, focus, efforts, and resources on His mandate and His priorities. Only then will we truly be operating in excellence and building His kingdom.
Quick Prayer: Lord, show me Your schedule and priorities for my life and business. Amen.
“Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’—when you already have it with you.” (Pro 3:28)
I like this description because it demonstrates the heart of God. There is something very right and proper about spontaneously meeting a need. If we have something in hand that can meet a need of others, we shouldn’t even hesitate to give.
There is something inherently wrong with having resources and not meeting the need. Even in business, in the brutal cut and thrust of the commercial world, the principles of generosity apply.
If we can pay bills now, why not pay them now? This could cut across the prevailing culture and demonstrate a transformed life. Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing?
Quick Prayer: Help me to be prompt in my payments. Amen.
“She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.’” (2 Kin 4:7)
There is a spiritual principle that affects our physical existence; we reap what we sow. What we put in, we get out. Often the type of seed we sow is the fruit we reap. These things are the provision of God. Sometimes He goes abundantly beyond all we can think.
When it has all gone horribly wrong and what we have feared has come to pass, God is still able to provide. He may well provide in a truly supernatural fashion. He can open doors no man can shut. He can provide in ways we cannot even imagine. He can provide a way when there is no way.
Let’s not forget that He is an omnipotent God. He is the Creator of all things, and He is without limit. He is bigger than our need, and He can and will provide.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You can provide supernaturally. Amen.
“When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.” (Neh 10:31)
We sometimes forget that our economy is not necessarily built on godly principles. While I truly believe that the democratic free-market capitalist system is as good as it gets, there are certain godly principles that are not inherent in the way we do commerce.
In the ancient world, there was a seven-year cycle of forgiving debts. What a wonderful demonstration of forgiveness and grace and mercy. What an acknowledgment that all belongs to God.
We have been forgiven much. Let’s not forget where we were when God found us. We who have received mercy should be merciful.
Quick Prayer: Help me to be merciful with those who owe me money. Amen.
“One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.” (Pro 17:18)
Someone, obviously of Jewish heritage, once said that a guarantor is just a schmuck with a pen. Perhaps this is a somewhat unkind designation, yet quite possibly the sentiment of this Jewish gentleman agrees with the Word of God.
Don’t put up security for a neighbor. If you have pledged for another, go now and unshackle yourself from potential disaster. Only you can meet the obligations you promise to another. You cannot guarantee the debts or behaviors of others.
God is quite clear; don’t be a schmuck.
Quick Prayer: Free me from pledges. Amen.
“My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.” (Pro 6:1–2)
The essence of this proverb occurs a number of times in Scripture. It’s obviously an important financial principle, particularly for those of us who are in business.
If we are in onerous contracts or agreements or have guaranteed another entity or person, we need to renegotiate. Don’t put off, don’t delay, and don’t get distracted or be put off by the inconvenience or how it may be perceived; go and get it changed.
The Bible describes it as a trap, that we have been ensnared by the words of our mouth. If it is God’s will that we not enter into such an agreement, He will give us a way of escape.
Quick Prayer: Give me favor to renegotiate where I need to please, Lord. Amen.
“However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.” (Deuteronomy 15:4)
Hang on that can’t be right surely. If we have God’s blessing there will be no poverty. He will richly provide for all our needs and for those around us. It is God’s heart that there be no poverty. Let’s bear in mind the heart of God.
Here is an unpopular question for you; how much of what God has given us have we set aside to meet the needs of the poor. We are rich beyond all measure if we take a global view. Are we eating the bread He destined to provide for others?
Quick Prayer. “Help me to reach out in your way Lord.” Amen