God and Money - 5 Things the Bible says about Wealth

Last week, we had a wonderful time in the Lord’s presence in my weekly online bible study, Milk and Honey. We’re currently going through a series on God and Money, in the spirit of growing and flourishing in 2019.

To be honest, I have always struggled with managing my finances, despite trying and trying for years. A good friend once said to me- in every harvest, there is both a seed and food. Don’t eat your seed, plant it. Don’t plant your food, enjoy it. This liberated me quite a bit. But it still took me quite a bit of time to remember to save my seed for planting, and to truly enjoy the financial blessings and resources that God continues to bless me with -- without feeling guilty. And while I continue to learn and grow, it’s been increasingly important for me to really sit and learn about money. How to use it, how to grow and steward it, and how to make it work for me.

So far, we’ve covered topics on what the bible says about wealth, and whether borrowing is bad. We’ve also spoken about the bible’s stance on investment, financial decisions, and about greed, wealth, borrowing, and lending.

There’s a lot to be said, but here are a few points and scriptures that have guided us so far-

1. Contentment is essential in Growing Your Wealth. When we’re satisfied with what God has given us, we tend to have the patience and fortitude to put things away. We’re not trying to keep up with the Joneses, neither are we focused on what we don’t have. We’re truly satisfied with what He’s given us, and stewarding our wealth becomes an act of worship.

Well, religion does make a person very rich, if he is satisfied with what he has. What did we bring into the world? Nothing! What can we take out of the world? Nothing! So then, if we have food and clothes, that should be enough for us. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and are caught in the trap of many foolish and harmful desires, which pull them down to ruin and destruction.
— 1 Timothy 6:6-9

2. God is a God of movement. He doesn’t want His children to be stagnant, and He truly wants us to grow and to flourish, and to truly, truly multiply upon the earth. That doesn’t happen when we’re complacent and lazy about growing our resources. A good thing to keep in mind in the desire for wealth is that resources are essential in spreading the gospel abroad. So if God has placed something in your hand, the wealth you produce is your worship towards spreading the gospel of Jesus.

Invest your money in foreign trade, and one of these days you will make a profit. Put your investments in several places - many places, in fact - because you never know what kind of bad luck you are going to have in this world. No matter in which direction a tree falls, it will lie where it fell. When the clouds are full, it rains. If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never sow anything and never harvest anything.
— Ecclesiastes 11:1-3

3. It is important to know your season. You may be in a wilderness season, where it’s essential to gather your coins. Or you may be in a season of abundance, where it’s essential to build structures that will outlive you and protect you in the season of scarcity. It’s essential to take stock of your life, identify your season, and ensure that you’re learning and growing in whatever season God has placed you in.

Everything who lives ought to be wise; it is as good as receiving an inheritance and will give you as much security as money can. Wisdom keeps you safe — this is the advantage of knowledge. Think about what God has done. How can anyone straighten our what God has made crooked? When things are going well for you, be glad, and when trouble comes, just remember: God sends you both happiness and trouble; you never know what is going to happen next.
— Ecclesiastes 7: 11- 14

4. You need discipline to say no, delay gratification, and to know when to pursue and when to pause. You need discipline to make, keep, and grow your money. Without discipline, which only comes about in its truth by the Spirit of the Lord, you will struggle to keep money. You can have a little and build an empire. But you can have an empire and run it down to the rubble. Discipline makes the difference. And it only comes from the Holy Spirit in its entirety.

God replied Solomon, “You have made the right choice. Instead of asking for wealth or treasure or fame or the death of your enemies or even for long life for yourself, you have asked for wisdom and knowledge so that you can rule my people, over whom I have made you king. I will give you wisdom and knowledge. And in addition, I will give you more wealth, treasure, and fame than any king has ever had before or will ever have again.
— 2 Chronicles 1:11-12

5. We are all to create a legacy for our posterity- Jesus left the Holy Spirit on the earth as His legacy, as His deposit, and as His guarantee of the things that have and those that will come. The bible says a righteous man leaves an inheritance for his children. As a child of God, you should leave an inheritance for your children. It doesn’t have to be financial, it could be a good name, a good character, or whatever else, but you have to leave something that will open doors for them when you leave this earth.

Happy is the person who honors the LORD, who takes pleasure in obeying His commands. The good man’s children will be powerful in the land; his descendants will be blessed. His family will be wealthy and rich, and he will be prosperous forever.
— Psalm 112: 1-3
Good people will have wealth to leave to their grandchildren, but the wealth of sinners will go to the righteous.
— Proverbs 13:22

I’ll continue to share these nuggets as I learn them. The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us all in Jesus’ name. Amen!