When the average Christian thinks of the Bible, money, and riches usually the first verse that pops into mind is,
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – I Timothy 6:10
That verse speaks amazing truths. I have known many people over the years who have allowed their love of money to completely ruin their lives. I’m not going to focus on this verse right now though, because it’s not the main point of my blog.
Many believers, when thinking of riches and money, think about the many verses in the Bible that teach us about tithing, such as Leviticus 27:31, Nehemiah 10:38, Malachi 3:8, and Luke 18:12.
In this blog, I’m not going to address the love of money or tithing. How about that?
Typically, when we think of a person gaining riches, we think of a person attending college for several years to become a doctor, an attorney, or maybe even a stock broker. We might even think of people filing frivolous lawsuits trying to get easy money they were too lazy to work for.
Those are indeed riches. If one would simply do a search for the word “riches” in the Bible, they would find many places where riches is referring to money. There is nothing wrong with financial gain. However, most of us cannot be trusted with more money. God knows it would ruin us.
Just the other day I was talking to a friend of mine who was telling me of a time in her life when she was asking God fervently for a large sum of money that she wanted in order for her family to purchase a property that could be used for ministry work. She was saying, “God, you know you can trust me with this. Please provide it.”
While she was praying fervently, she felt like God very strongly said, “If I could trust you with it, you would already have it.”
God knows what is best for us. Financial gain might be wonderful for some folks. For those who know how to use that money for God’s glory, for people who have self-discipline, and for the few who have big enough hearts to distribute generously to those in need. For most of us, however, God knows we would allow that financial gain to fill us full of pride and greed. Therefore, He says “NO” when we ask or beg for financial gain.
But God does want us to be rich!
He wants us to be spiritually rich. In Romans 9:23 a reference is made to the riches of God’s glory, in Romans 11:33 we hear of the riches of God’s wisdom and knowledge, In Ephesians 1:7 of the riches of His grace, and in n Ephesians 3:8 of the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Earthly riches are 100% comprised of money, right? That doesn’t sound like a bad thing. But what is the point of such earthly riches? James 5:2 says,
“Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.”
If you spend that money on a new car, that car is going to fall apart. Spend it on clothes and they’re going to get stains and holes in them. Spend it on a cell phone, and you’ll end up dropping it in the toilet.
God’s riches are so much more than that! God wants you to really be rich – not just to have money! Don’t sell yourself short!
I Timothy 6:17-19 says “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, which giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
The world can give us money to enjoy, but God gives us ALL THINGS to enjoy. I spoke in another blog post about how God used the Bible to encourage me in a serious time of trouble in my life. You can read more about that here. God gave us His Word not just so we could read it, but so we could enjoy it!
In my first blog post, I talked about how God made me who I am. How he guided my life step by step to put me in a place where I could be used greatly of Him. Click here to read more about that. God put many things and many people in my life to add some joy to my being. I’m thankful for that.
God wants you walk as close to Him as you can walk. He will give you the desires of your heart if you allow Him to be your Lord. That means, if you don’t just accept His gift of salvation and then live your life however you want to live it.
I understand you want a nice home, a nice automobile, to go on a nice vacation, to have the spouse of your dreams, to start a ministry, to travel overseas, or whatever else you might want in this life.
About that… Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Seek first the things of God and allow Him to do the rest!