How many of us have heard that God only gives us what we need and not what we want or that being humble means that you don’t want much from life? Much, meaning the luxuries of this life such as; cars, clothes, houses, good relationships and a prosperous business just to name a few. Some may consider this ideology as being very Christian-like but what does the bible say about prosperity? And does God promises riches?
In Deut 8:18, God identities that he has given the power to be wealthy and that we should put Him in remembrance as the source of riches, “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth”. This scripture shows that God is not opposed to riches and in fact is the creator of such. On an individual basis the bible shows many wealthy individuals such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon just to name a few.
These were faithful men who followed after God and because of their faithfulness they saw their household increase. The extent of their riches was by no means small as shown in Gen 13:2 where Abraham was “heavily stocked with herds and silver and gold.” Also when the combined armies of four Eastern Kings captured Abraham’s nephew Lot, Abraham mustered his trained men three hundred and eighteen slaves born in his household (Gen 14:14). Not forgetting King Solomon who was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth (2 Chron 9:22).
If you are faithful to God will he bless you with riches? The ideology commonly used says that God may bless you will riches and it probably would not be the sort of material blessings you envision. Let’s examine the word, blessing. A blessing is a divine aid or fortune bestowed upon someone. It is meant to increases their worth or value. Blessings can come in all forms as experienced by Abraham who was blessed in every way(Gen 24:1) but one major blessing was the conception of Abraham’s son, Isaac. It was Abraham’s desire to conceive a son that made the blessing significant to him and it was because of his belief in God’s that caused his son to manifest. “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Gen 15:6,) and this belief also allowed him to become the father of many nations (Rom 4:3).
This is to say that it is in the believing that determines what type of kind of blessing one receives. This blessing can be triggered by a desire, be it material or spiritual. For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things(Matt 6:32). If you believe God can supply all your needs according to his riches in glory (Phil 4:9) then you can receive riches. However if you believe that God’s hand is short then according to your belief so shall you receive. God’s word is sure and he is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind (Num 23:19). He will bless the faithful and those who will seek diligently after him.