Wealth in the Bible

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Category: Proverbs (Page 1 of 7)

Out of Her Earnings

Proverbs 31:16 – 17 – ‘She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.’

Many people are familiar with the proverbs 31 woman. And I know that some women feel it is an awful lot to live up to! I love that it talks of a woman who also earns and invests.

Out of Her Earnings she Does Much

Out of Her Earnings she Does Much

Being a wealthy Christian is not restricted to one gender but rather encompasses every Christian. And this woman in proverbs 31 is one who out of her earnings is able to plant a vineyard. Why can’t that be you? Could you be a Christian who is able to consider a field and buy it?

It is great that this woman is able to invest and plant. She also knows how to work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. The way we are able to be strong in areas is through consistent work or practice. Muscles are built because they are used and tested time and again. It is the same with regards to our finances – we can stretch our learning about money and we can also work harder to earn more.

Out of Her Earnings

Would you like to be referred to as a wealthy Christian who out of their earnings is able to do much? Why not make that a goal for yourself for this year? Learn about investing, work hard to earn and practice putting your money in areas where it will multiply, bless others and support yourself.

Wealth tip – set yourself a financial goal and list some ways you can actively work towards this (develop a brand, website, products, service, etc). Share this goal with one or two trusted friends and be accountable – work toward it on a regular basis.

My Daily Bread

Proverbs 30:7-9 – ‘“Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of my God.”’

In a world of weekly, fortnightly or even monthly wages, can you relate to the above verses? One way that we can financially put this into action is to only take out the money we anticipate needing for that day and using cash to pay for things. In this way, you can be using ‘my daily bread’.

Do you Pray for 'My Daily Bread'?

Do you Pray for ‘My Daily Bread’?

Would you ever consider praying this prayer? Would you ask God to provide you with only that which you need for the day? The logic in these verses is true! If we are provided with more than we need, then it is possible to feel that we don’t need God. We become proud and maybe even self sufficient.

Likewise, if we do not have enough and are left hungry, cold and lacking in other areas, then we may feel that God doesn’t care about us! Or we may resort to breaking the law to get that which we need. In this regard, praying for ‘my daily bread’ seems the best prayer to make!

In your times of plenty as a wealthy Christian, remember to put God first. Also, remember to bless others as much as you can. In times where you are lacking, remember to be thankful for what you have. Also allow God to open doors so that others can provide for you. In this way, you will always receive that which you need – my daily bread.

Financial tip – search online for a savings account that offers a high interest rate. If you’re already saving – great! Make sure that money is earning you as much as it possibly can. Be mindful of bank accounts that have ongoing fees. Many online accounts are free to set up and offer great interest rates.

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Will Lack Nothing

Proverbs 28:27 – ‘He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.’

It can be easy for us to say that we will give more, just as soon as we receive more. This is how the world works. However, this is not how God works. In His word, He encourages us to give whenever we can and to give all that we can. He even makes a promise regarding those who give to the poor. This promise is that they will lack nothing.

God's Word says he who Gives to the Poor Will Lack Nothing

God’s Word says he who Gives to the Poor Will Lack Nothing

That’s a pretty incredible statement! When we endeavour to reach out to the poor; if we give to them, then we will lack nothing! If however we choose to close our eyes to their need… When we decide it’s easier to plead ignorance, then God frowns upon this. He even says that people who close their eyes to others in need will receive many curses.

It doesn’t seem like a difficult choice to make. If we give to the poor, we won’t lack anything. If we refuse to acknowledge the poor, we will receive curses. In light of this, what will you choose to do?

Remember, there are so many ways that you can give to those in need. You can invite them over for a meal. You can offer them a smile or a kind word. And of course, you can give of your finances or out of your abundance. As you give, God will make sure you have enough for yourself. In fact, often he states that he will provide you with abundance because of your generous heart.

Financial tip – meal plan; organising what you will cook each week or month will help you to utilise what you have bought, rather than leave food unused in cupboards and buy other things.

Poverty Awaits Him

Proverbs 28:22 – ‘A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.’

When you think about how you are in life, do you consider what awaits you? If you’re aspiring to be a wealthy Christian, are you being generous? God’s word says that if we are stingy, then it doesn’t matter that we’re eager to get rich. In fact, poverty awaits him who is stingy.

God's Word says Poverty Awaits him who is Stingy

God’s Word says Poverty Awaits him who is Stingy

What is stingy? Well the antonym is generous. Doesn’t that say it all! Someone who is stingy may otherwise be known as sparing or grudging.  They are mean or tight-fisted with their finances and other belongings. In other words, they have issues with giving. Even if we desire to be rich, if we refuse to be generous with what we have – and what we will acquire in the future – then God warns that poverty awaits you instead!

Poverty Awaits Him who is Stingy

God’s word is clear on being generous to others. Be generous with your love; give of your time. If you have more than enough, then share it with those in need. Give of your finances. If you don’t have this attitude, then it seems that God is saying you have no right to be entrusted with wealth! And even the opposite will occur – poverty awaits him who is stingy.

Be sure that you desire wealth for the right reasons. And as you journey to become a wealthy Christian, practice generosity at every opportunity.

Financial tip – establish the difference between needs and wants. Do you need your next purchase? Can the money be better invested elsewhere?

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Abundant Food

Proverbs 28:19 – 20 – ‘He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.’

Working results in having food in abundance, while being faithful results in rich blessing. Is it a surprise to you that God’s word indicates that he who works will have abundant food? Not just enough to live on or enough for oneself and the family. No, it says abundant food. As in, there is more than enough to go around. In fact, there is left over so that you can share with others and store away! We should work to earn our keep and know that it will lead to blessing others.

He who Works his Land will have Abundant Food

He who Works his Land will have Abundant Food

The other side of this verse indicates that the person who chases fantasies will have their fill of poverty. Because they are running after unlikely ideas, they will find themselves lacking. And if they are lacking, then there is no way they will be able to provide for others!

If we work hard, we find ourselves with more than enough. On top of this, if we seek God wholeheartedly, then we will be richly blessed. What a wonderful thing!

The second half of the second verse indicates that the person who is eager to get rich will not go unpunished. Now it doesn’t specify what this punishment will be. However, I believe if a person is eager to get rich – then this comes before their love of God. The punishment here is an eternity without God.

Abundant Food

Being a wealthy Christian isn’t a bad thing. But you need to put God first and be willing to work, in spite of the riches you may have acquired in your life. Remember, if you work, then you’ll have abundant food and that will allow you to bless others and plan for your future.

Wealth tip – unsure where your money goes? Make a money diary for a month or two listing every cent spent. Cut out unnecessary spending!

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Who has Discernment

Proverbs 28:11 – ‘A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.’

We’re still following on my study of the bible in a year (link), in spite of the fact that we have hit a New Year! Today’s verse considers the difference that may exist between a rich man and a poor man. I believe it is advising against being proud. It is so easy for us to look at our achievements and to grow proud because of them. We’re wise in our own eyes! But God’s word says that a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

He who has Discernment is Better off than he who is Rich

He who has Discernment is Better off than he who is Rich

I will stress again; it is not for ourselves that we should desire to be wealthy. It is to promote the Kingdom of God. If our wealth focus is selfish, then this will be loud and clear to everyone watching – especially those with discerning eyes. Having wealth does not make us godlier than a Christian who is lacking. In fact, it can take us away from God if our focus becomes money.

He who has Discernment

Do not be someone who is lacking in discernment as you acquire funds. Recognise where your wealth comes from and stay grounded. Keep your focus on Him and follow His guidance. Then you will not fall into the trap of having others looking upon you and seeing a fool who has lost the correct focus. Do not be wise in your own eyes; attribute it all to God. Then the person who has discernment will see Christ in you.

Wealth tip – if the amount the need or want to save isn’t possible on your current budget, consider where costs could be cut or more money could be earned.

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Amasses it for Another

Proverbs 28:8 – ‘He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.’

Does it ever bother you when you put in all the hard work, but someone else reaps the praises? At the end of the day, we should be so focused on doing God’s work that it shouldn’t bother us whether we’re noticed for it or not. God notices! That said, God’s word above indicates that those who earn wealth in unethical ways won’t get to keep it. It will be passed onto someone else. And who will it be passed to? The person who is inclined to be kind to the poor.

Amasses it for Another: how are you Acquiring Your Wealth?

Amasses it for Another: how are you Acquiring Your Wealth?

This is a motive check for us all, surely! Firstly, we should be mindful of how we accumulate wealth. If we do it in a manner that is deemed unrighteous, God will take it from us.

Secondly, why do we want to amass wealth? God will make sure it gets into the hands of those who will look after and bless His children. I’ve said it before – God will get it to you if He can get it through you.

God Amasses it for Another

Be willing to use your finances to reach out to God’s hurting and lost children. If this is your heart’s desire, then don’t be surprised if finances come your way unexpectedly. After all, God amasses it for another who is willing to do His work here on earth. That could be you!

You will never have enough to help everyone who needs it. But if you have a heart to do so, God will provide the opportunity – and the provision – to reach many for His kingdom.

Wealth tip – consider only borrowing money to purchase assets that will generate income for you, not for products that will decrease in value over time.

The Man who Lacks Judgement

Proverbs 24:30 – 34 – ‘I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgement; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.’

Have you noticed how busy people always manage to fit more things in? And yet the person with very little to do, tires from the little that they have done? There are similarities found with the sluggard (lazy person) and the man who lacks judgement in the above verses. Both have these results: thorns, weeds and ruins.

As a Wealthy Christian, Don't be the Man Who Lacks Judgement

As a Wealthy Christian, Don’t be the Man Who Lacks Judgement

Don’t be this way with your finances. As wealthy Christians, we should endeavour to not be lazy or lacking judgement with our finances.

The Man Who Lacks Judgement

Don’t be the man who lacks judgement, the one who chooses to rest instead of work. Although we shouldn’t be workaholics – we shouldn’t be afraid to work. This is how we earn an income and are also able to put some aside to develop savings and even invest.

The man who lacks judgement is lazy. He is more interested in sleep and rest than working. And the end result for him? He can look forward to poverty and scarcity. If we don’t work, we can anticipate that we will not have enough. Because of this, we also won’t have any to bless others with! Be wary of the man who lacks judgement.

Financial tip – be clear on payment terms before undertaking a job so that you know where you stand; don’t set yourself up to be dissatisfied if you learn someone else has better terms than what you agreed upon.

After that, Build Your House

Proverbs 24:27 – Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

Do you struggle to prioritise? I often do! I’ll make a list for the day and at times, get so caught up in what I want to do, that I don’t focus on what needs to be done! And yet funnily enough, if I do the necessary things first, there is often plenty of time to do what I want! The above verse I believe focuses on the importance of prioritising. Do what you need to, then after that, build your house.

Why is it more important to finish the outdoor work and get the fields ready? Surely it’s more important to have a place to live! Ask yourself this: what good is a house if you are not able to eat?

The above verse instructs us to do what is necessary to live. We need to do the outdoor work – to prepare the soil, to plant the seeds. If we don’t do this, then we will never receive a harvest! There are some things that you need to do – seeds that you need to sow – and then you can continue with the other things you want to do, whilst the seeds are growing!

...get Your Fields Ready; After that, Build Your House.

…get Your Fields Ready; After that, Build Your House.

After that, Build Your House

I believe wealth works this way too. If we first give to God and set aside some money for saving, then we’re able to utilise the rest of the money as we see fit. We know we’ve met important commitments – giving back to God and investing for our future. After this, it’s up to you to determine how the money should be spent.

The beauty is that if we first give to God and save, then two things happen. We’re putting into God’s kingdom so that the first of our finances can be used to bless and reach others for Christ. Secondly, we’ve put money aside that will work for us and as we continue to add to it, it’ll only grow.

Make the effort to prioritise with your finances. God first, saving for your future second. Then live on the rest. If you do this, then you will get to benefit from the finances over the longer term and enjoy living here and now.

Financial tip – learn to give! God will only give it to you, if He can get it through you!

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Rare and Beautiful Treasures

Proverbs 24:3 – 4 – ‘By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.’

What do you picture when you read the words rare and beautiful treasures? Maybe precious stones of varying colours. Maybe gold items intricately designed. Do you picture kind words? With these words, do you imagine a full stomach and a warm bed to sleep on?

How do you Picture Rare and Beautiful Treasures?

How do you Picture Rare and Beautiful Treasures?

Things that are rare and beautiful to one person aren’t necessarily so to another. Perhaps it is by being wise, understanding and knowledgeable that we are able to build a house and turn it into a home, physically speaking. Or perhaps it is through these qualities that we are able to learn and earn enough to employ someone to do such a thing for us.

Perhaps it is through God’s leading that we are able to build up a home for our family. We can provide a place that is loving and supportive without it necessarily being an extravagant building. Our children feel safe in their home because we understand and tend to their needs. The rooms in the house show signs of a loving family, also of one that has its needs met. The beautiful treasures are happy memories as well as healthy children.

Rare and Beautiful Treasures

There are many rare and beautiful treasures that we can have without being wealthy Christians. If we show God’s love and understanding to our family and to those we meet, then we are sharing the most beautiful and rare of treasures.

Don’t be tricked into thinking that it is only through finances that someone is able to be introduced to the most rare and beautiful treasures life has to offer. Although we can use wealth to reach many for Christ, we can do this first and foremost through loving and encouraging others. Don’t limit your impact to what you can only see being done through finances.

Money tip: You cannot lose on an exponential increase. If you put money into a savings account, this earns interest. Once this is earned, the interest earns its own interest. You can’t lose!

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