Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:10-20
Key Verses: Deuteronomy 8:17-18
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
Throughout the history of Israel, God wanted to bless them with material blessings as well as spiritual blessings! This history confirms God’s heart and character which does not change over time. God wants to bless the people who will claim Him as their God! Nothing in the scriptures would convince anyone that God hates to see someone enjoy material wealth. It is true that that is not God’s highest priority for any of His children.
Our Key Verses remind us of why wealth often corrupts God’s children: “We may say to ourselves: it is my strength and power that have created my wealth!” It is this egotistical attitude that God despises. It is God who gives us that ability to produce wealth! All God wants is for us to give praise and credit to whom it’s due.
Jesus told us, in the New Testament, that is was hard for a rich man to enter Heaven (Matthew 19: 23). Rich people tend to get independent and prideful. This kind of pride is a great sin in the eyes of God! There are godly rich people, but it takes a lot of God’s grace to keep them surrendered to the rule and authority of our Lord Jesus Christ! All things are possible with God!
Are you a rich person? Most of us quickly say, “No.” Don’t forget, God sees us in relation to all His children around the world. In comparison to much of our world, most of us will fall into the “rich” category! Don’t forget to praise God for your blessings!
Father, thank you for every good and perfect gift you’ve given to me. Thank you for my ability to provide for my family. I praise you for it all! In Jesus’ Name, amen.