Psalm 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.

God wants you to be rich

Israel left Egypt with a lot of stuff – they looted the Egyptians during their exodus. They arrived with next-to nothing and they left with fantastic wealth.
Exodus 12 v 36
The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
The important thing was not that they had lots of material posessions, but what they did with them.
When they used them for themselves, they were cursed.
Exodus 32 v 35
And the LORD struck the people with a
plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.
But, when they used the same wealth from Egypt to build the Tabernacle and they all gave freely – (Ex 36 v 3), God blessed them –
Exodus 40 v 34
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
So, if we have lots of material posessions, that’s fine as long as we use them for God’s purposes and for his glory.

If we honour God with everything we have (it’s all his anyway), then it doesn’t matter how much we have, because we’ll be using our riches to give him glory and uplift His name.

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5 responses to “God wants you to be rich

  1. Charles 29/07/2009 at 12:44

    I read a book this year that was written in the 1850s by this guy (Henry Thoreau) who basically sold everything he had and went to live in the woods. He wanted to get rid of the clutter and find out what life was really about – I guess we have to do the same… at least in our minds!

  2. Alex 29/07/2009 at 14:05

    I think I heard of that book.It strikes me that someone with loads of 'stuff' / money living the Jesus way will be giving away a lot anyway!

  3. Alex 29/07/2009 at 17:15

    So weird that I stumble across the following after I wrote this post.nooma | RichOn the button so-to-speak!

  4. Pingback: God wants you to be rich (part 2) | [un]conscious-stream[ing]

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