During times of economic uncertainty, it is important to realize that the Bible has a lot to say about money, (see Part 1 of this series) and it is wise to know the Biblical truths that are revealed therein concerning money. The Bible itself is a reliable source of wisdom and counsel on all matters of life. (see article ” The origin of the Scriptures”)
The following are just a few of the many quotes from famous men who valued the truths found in Scripture.
George Washington said: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Abraham Lincoln said: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has even given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”
Daniel Webster said: “If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in propound obscurity.”
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.
In this part of the series, we will look at the biblical truth that God has the ability to prosper you.
It was He who prospered Joseph.
“The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand…. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.” Gen 39:2-3,23
It was He who prospered Israel
“Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God…who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, … who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end– then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “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.” Deut 8:11,15,16,-18
It was He who prospered Isaac in the midst of a famine (Genesis 26) and provided for Elijah in the midst of a drought (1 Kings 17)
He promises to prosper those who walk uprightly
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Ps 1:1-3
He promises to prosper those who believe His prophets
“O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?…
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel… in the midst of the assembly…. “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”… and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 2 Chron 20:6,14,17,20
He promises to prosper those who honor Him with their money
“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Prov 3:9-10
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. Mal 3:10
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God”. 2 Cor 9:6-11
He is well able to bless you. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!
If something is broken, HE can fix it.
If it’s dead, HE can raise it.
If it is sick, HE can heal it.
If it is lost, HE can find it.
If he doesn’t have it, HE can get it.
If it doesn’t exist, HE can MAKE it!
He is STILL the Creator!
He took the widow’s oil and meal, and made it last until the famine was over. (1 Kings 17) He took six barrels of water and turned them to wine. (John 2) He took a boy’s five loaves and fishes and fed 5,000 people and had enough left over to fill 12 baskets with fragments. (Matt 14) He can take one kernel of wheat and in two years give you back 32,500 kernels of grain… if you put it in the ground and sow it.
to be continued…
See Part ONE
See Part THREE
See Part FOUR
See Part FIVE