- Religion and Philosophy
The Blessing Of The Lord Makes Rich
The purpose of this hub is not to suggest that every Christian will or should be rich, but to examine what true riches are according to scripture. Proverbs 10:22 says that the blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow, so the first thing we find about biblical wealth is that it adds no sorrow. It must be obtained with the attitude that God requires.
1 Timothy 6 declares that they that will be rich fall into many foolish and hurtful lust, so this cannot be Gods way of obtaining wealth since he says ( I repeat) in Proverbs 10:22 that riches should not add sorrow. I have personally heard people who had wealth say that they wish they did not have it because of the many problems it brought them. Family and friends began to use them like they would access an ATM machine simply because they thought relationship meant they were owed something.
Biblical wealth was not meant to cause broken relationships, but to help bring them together. Another point to think about is would a person rather have one million dollars and be in one million dollars worth of debt and problems? or have an average paying job without any debt. Biblical riches are not how much a person has, but how a person shows good stewardship over what they do have and God says in Matthew 25 that he that is faithful over that which is least he will make them ruler over much.
The blessing that makes rich is through good stewardship
The good master gave five talents (money) to one of his servants and he gave two talents to another and one talent to yet another according to the abilities of each to handle what they were given. The one with five talents (money) went and traded and gained five more, the one with two talents (money) went and traded and gained two more, but the one servant that had the one talent went and dug in the earth and hid his masters money and did not gain anything. The blessing was in the servants receiving what each were able to handle, but it did not stop there because they were all expected to be responsible with what was given to them.
Two experienced the blessing without sorrow because they were good stewards while the one experienced sorrow because of being lazy and full of excuses. Also to slowly double ones investments will eventually bring one to biblical wealth because we see the one who started with five now had ten and the one who had two now had four.
The one servant with one talent had much sorrow because of not being a responsible steward over what he had a chance to consistently double. Instead he made excuses and did nothing. Good stewardship involves... Giving - Give and it shall be given unto you good measure pressed down and shaken together shall men give into your bosom - Luke 6:38
Saving - Jesus had a treasury and Judas was his treasurer
Pay bills - Jesus instructed Peter to go fishing and to take the coin out of the fishes mouth and pay his taxes as well as Peters.
Investments - Matthew 25 our scripture text for this hub deals with investing
The blessing that makes rich comes through obedience
Deuteronomy 28 says that if one will hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord all of these blessings shall come on them (read Deut. 28). Notice that the blessing is directly related to obedience. Think about it, a parent will be more generous toward a child who does what they are told without complaining rather than one who complains and disobeys all the time.
The Blessing of Abraham through Jesus
Galatians 3:29 declares that if you be Christs then are you Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise. This beautiful scripture declares that through Jesus and his finished work on the cross we are Abraham's seed. Not physical descendants, but by faith spiritual descendants. In Genesis 12 God told Abraham that he would bless him and make his name great.
Abraham was not only spiritually blessed, but he was also very rich. Abraham/s physical descendants were also very wealthy which include Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and so on. God is no respecter of persons but he is a respecter of his word the bible. Those who choose to obey his word can enjoy his blessings. Remember biblical wealth is not how much you have, but your faithful stewardship over what you have.