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.
“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’” (2 Kin 4:1)
My God is a generous God. He does supply all my needs. But if I squander his provision, if I am flippant with His generosity, or if I do not have an attitude of stewardship, I will quickly live beyond my means.
The temptation to keep up with the Joneses is a strong one. We live in a material world where we are continually bombarded with messages of the new and the greatest.
While God is fully aware of the society in which we live and what we need to partake in society and be effective, must be careful to be wise with what He has given us. The price we can pay for being out of control and falling into the hands of creditors is too high.
Quick Prayer: I know there is a price to pay for living outside my means. Give me wisdom. Amen.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
Would you like to share in the happiness of God? He is the creator of all happiness, pleasure and joy. Shared happiness is sign of intimacy, and of a close relationship. What a beautiful picture of our Fathers love for us.
It is out of an understanding of that love and the overwhelming gift of His sacrifice, that our faith and works are grounded. Not out of appeasing an angry capricious being, but in serving faithfully a loving and giving God.
Plus, when we have been proven faithful with a little, we will be given much more. It is spiritual principal that is outworked so clearly in our work in the marketplace.
Quick Prayer. “I want to share in your happiness Holy Spirit.” Amen
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)
We have been entrusted with a lot. We have the words of eternal life; an experience of a loving heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit indwells us. We have been given talents, gifts and abilities to serve, worship and lead at work.
We have been blessed with resources, wealth, time, family, fellowship, and friends and so much else. What will we do with all that we have been entrusted with? Let’s be found faithful and proven to be so.
This means an application of purpose thought and prayer as well as the practical actions that have to be taken in order to be faithful It is not an intent it is a series of actions that demonstrate an internal condition.
Quick Prayer. “Keep me faithful Jesus.” Amen
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” (Matthew 25:14)
The resources that we have as individuals, and in companies that we own, or work for, are merely entrusted to us. We don’t really own them; they are on loan to us. A return is required, both in physical and spiritual terms. Are we good stewards, do we exercise wisdom and reject the sense of entitlement that so often pervades our thinking?
It is an honor to serve the King and do deal well and wisely with all He has entrusted into our care.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for entrusting me with so much.” Amen
“After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)
Have you been through a tough time? Had a financial failure, even lost everything? In our populist theology some will place you in the camp of the apostate. Fortunately God is not as shallow. He is the Restorer, the Blesser, and the One who lifts up. There is a new day, a new season and in God’s economy, the surrendered wounds of struggle will be healed, and the lessons learned transform into wisdom.
The Godliest people I know, carry a few scars, and have walked a road of ups and downs. They have seen God move in all aspects of life’s journey. We may not have all the answers but we know someone who does. Press into the Restorer of souls and fortunes.
Quick Prayer. “Restore that which has been taken from me.” Amen
“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.” (Job 1:10)
God has placed a hedge of protection around our businesses, if He has been invited to do so. And even when we haven’t there is still grace in His protection. An unfettered attack by our very real enemy would be horrific beyond all imagination. He is a wonderful provider and protector.
But there is a part we need to play. It is one of application, diligence, conscientiousness and plain old hard work. It is the work of our hands that will be blessed and grow our wealth, revenues and profit. Two farmers were praying for rain, one was ploughing while he prayed. Guess who got the harvest? Rain fell on both but one had his hand on the plough and was able to contain Gods blessing.
Quick Prayer. “Bless the work of my hands Lord.” Amen