“The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.” (Proverbs 10:3-5 ESV)
You might have heard of all of these get rich quick schemes: invest in gold, invest in the stock market, give some prosperity preacher lots of your money to get tons in return. None of these ways work, especially the last one. No, God has a sure fire way for you to get wealthy. His providence. God makes the rich and the poor. There are also rules as to gain wealth in the Bible, like in the above verse:
- Don’t be wicked. Wickedness can lead to poverty. Wasting your money on your lusts will leave you bankrupt. This can be the case as buying beer to get drunk, cigarettes to help you in your addiction, or buying internet pornography. These will bankrupt you.
- Work hard. Get a job, spend less money than you make, and save. Laziness will make you poor and a slave to your debtor. This might mean to live below your means and work harder than your willing to work.
- Work while you can. Like farmers need to plant as early as they can to get a good harvest, everyone needs to work hard while they still can. At the time for work you need to work. Laziness will make you poor.
As with all proverbs there are exceptions to the rule. Things happen that overrule these principles: war, famine, disease. That is why it is ultimately God who makes people rich or poor. Proverbs are general principles. Yet none of this matters if you die and go to Hell. We need to realize we are spiritually bankrupt and headed for Hell because of our sin. Yet God is rich in mercy and sent His Son to pay the penalty of our sins and redeem a people for himself. Anyone who repents of their sin and trusts in Jesus will receive God’s rich mercy and have everlasting life. So we need to use our earthly wealth to share the gospel, help the helpless, and have riches in heaven. Ultimately, spiritual riches are better in eternity than earthly perishable riches.
Thank you for reading this I hope that this has blessed you. For additional resources you can go to Josiah’s sermons for examples of going verse by verse through the Bible and using context to explain it. You can also go to the Resources page to see the Using Hermeneutics Book Series. If you buy these books they will teach you how to study God’s Word and you will be helping this ministry greatly. Please consider buying my books to help support this blog, I can’t do this on a regular basis without you. Lord bless you and study God’s Word.