In our examination of Scriptures concerning the topic of money, we find that God is very interested in our attitudes about, and stewardship of money. Of course the whole concept of wealth and prosperity in the life of a believer is very controversial.
In Part One we looked at the fact that the Scriptures have a lot to say on the subject of money.
We also explored in Part Two of this series, that God clearly has the ability to cause us to prosper.
We will now explore an additional Biblical Truth that it is His DESIRE to bless us.
Foundational to this subject, however, is the understanding that the Kingdom of God is an unshakable Kingdom, and it is a transcendent Kingdom. That is, it transcends our circumstances and our situations. It is all pervasive and eternal.* And the economic structure of His Kingdom transcends the natural economic structures of our world system. It is therefore essential for us to place our trust in God rather than this world’s economic systems.
* See: The inevitability of the Kingdom of God
For thus says the LORD of hosts, “Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. “I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts. “The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts.” Hag 2:6-8
If we view life from the perspective of the limited natural resources of this world’s economy we see that there is only so much oil in the ground, there is only so much acreage to be farmed, there is only so much forest to be harvested and only so many dollars to be circulated. So often, our anxiety about the natural economy is the same as those who do not know about God’s transcendent economy. But the Scriptures have a lot to say about this unshakable Kingdom and its transcendent economy. When we take God’s perspective, we realize God’s resources are unlimited.
Clearly God has the ability to provide, but what we also need to see is that He has the desire to bless us and provide for our needs. Here are just four of the many Scriptures that make that clear.
“Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Ps 35:27
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Rom 8:32
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
So if He has the desire to bless us, the next question some would ask is why do we not experience it in our lives? The answer is simple. We need to see that God WANTS to bless us, but it is our responsibility to place ourselves in a ‘bless-able’ position. This includes motives, attitudes and actions. It includes the understanding that God has a purpose in our prosperity.
to be continued…
Next: Seven Biblically based principles of provision in God’s Kingdom
See Part ONE
See Part TWO
See Part FOUR
See Part FIVE