Monday, June 18, 2007

Where Wealth Comes From

American society is built upon the idea that anyone can accomplish anything if he is willing to work hard enough for it. Indeed it is a biblical principle that the harder one works the more that person will receive (Proverbs 13:11), but we seem to have to taken that principal to an extreme that says, “since I worked so hard for what I have no one deserves the right to tell me what to do with it.” What we so often fail to remember is that God is the One who gave us the ability to make money. In Deuteronomy chapter eight, Moses is warning the people about not becoming arrogant in themselves and forgetting God when He blesses them. Moses says in verses 17-18, “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 the power to get wealth,...” We are to work hard in this life, but always remember that it is God who gives us the ability to work hard. If you make your living as a public speaker, God is the one who gave you the ability to speak. If you are a steelworker, God is the one who gave you the ability to do your job. If you work with numbers, God gave you that ability. Truly, all that we have has come from the Lord and ultimately belongs to Him. Never forget to give the Lord the glory for all you have been given.