The purpose of divine provision
Deuteronomy 8:18 -And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
There is huge controversy over the subject of wealth and finance. Some are of the persuasion that God does not want us to live in any form of affluence because it would make us proud and distract us from God. Some others believe we should only have enough to meet our personal day to day need. Another group believe that God wants some to be wealthy so that we may meet their needs and be the permanent source of supply to certain permanent poor and dependants. Some other group believe that it is not clear if Jesus was rich or poor and for that reason, the issue of finance is not an important topic to explore. Another group believe that God wants all His children to have equal access to his wealth so that can meet their needs and that of others and enlarge the ministry of the gospel. In the next few days we will do a little exploration of this subject.
First and foremost I want you to know that God is not anti-wealth all else the bible will not say in Psalm 24:1 that the earth and everything in it belongs to Him. And by the way, he created all the wealth in the heaven and earth. And I must let you know that he created everything in it for humans to enjoy. God is not the author of deprivation and poverty. The best way to see the intention of God is to read the story of creation in Genesis 1 and 2. That is God original intention.
Lack, poverty, greed, selfishness etc are as a result of the fall of mankind and the dominion of the devil. Genesis 3. At the beginning God made everything and gave it to man. Man enjoyed everything in God’s creation unhindered as long as he kept God’s command. Man’s obedience to God was the proof of his loyalty to and trust in God. But man began to feel insecure and lost faith in God’s provision and protection. He thought the grass was greener on the other side and opted for personal preservation rather than God’s preservation. The root of the fall of man is selfishness and self-centredness. Selfishness is the root of every sin and I believe is the greatest sin in my opinion.
The purpose of wealth is not for self gratification, it is first for the fulfilment of God’s purposes. The main purpose of God is for all of mankind to come to knowledge of his love and enjoy his presence. When God blesses a person, he does it so that the person may be a blessing to others and show them his goodness. God blesses so that we can introduce people to who he really is and bring glory to him.
For further study:
Exodus 8:1 – And the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches,but in the living God,who 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.
Personal Declaration for the day
I will be God’s distribution centre and I will live in plenty
Questions for you to reflect on:
Do think God want you to be wealthy? If yes why, if no why?