“The blessing of the Lord — it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it]” Proverbs 10:22 AMP.
A wonderful story was told in Genesis 14– Where Abraham rescued Lot and the whole of Sodom and Gomorrah after the king, Chedorlaomer and his allies conquered the lands and took everything therein as spoils including all the people. After Abram had rescued both the men and women carried off by the confederate kings, the king of Sodom offered him all the goods, claiming only the persons. The King thought it well to reward Abram. He must have said; “this man that restored my kingdom- the people and the possessions- is worthy to have them all, only the people will I collect from him, let him keep the loot”. He thought to “bless” Abraham.
Like any other person, Abraham could have seen this as a one-time opportunity to amass wealth, he could have taken advantage of this robust offer. Perhaps, he must have taken a smile at the king as he replied his offer; “I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich”. Abraham openly shunned this enticing offer to amass the commonwealth of nations.
Abraham was no dull, he wasn’t out of his mind, neither was he crazy as many would think. Abraham could say this not only because he was a just man, but because he knew one thing. Abraham’s reply to the king was because of this very reason; He accepted God as the only Source of his blessing and knew Him as the only Giver of true riches. He never saw mortal men as enough to bless him, he believed in the Possessor of heaven and earth as his Source of wealth.
A question now comes to mind; “Do you accept God as the ‘only’ Source of blessing?”, “Do you know Him as the ‘only’ Giver of true riches?”. Abraham could outrightly reject the tempting offer because his answers to the above question was “yes” and “yes” a million times. Worldly wealth is that which most men have their hearts very much upon, but they generally mistake both in the nature of the thing they desire and in the way by which they hope to obtain it.
If you have accepted God as your only Source of riches, you won’t do anything at the expense of your faith to be rich, instead you will be just as you depend and trust Him and diligently put to use the resources He has placed in your hands. Whence this true riches is to be expected, not by making ourselves drudges to the world (Psa 127:2), but by the blessing of God. It is this that makes rich and adds no sorrow. Of course, in the process, God will send men to you, but live with the consciousness that your wealth is not in the custody of any man; that only God can bless you with true riches.
Proverbs 10:4 says the hand of the diligent makes rich, as a means; the blessing of God that gives true riches is upon the hand of the diligent even as the Scriptures has told us that it is God who giveth us power to make wealth.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Deut. 8:18, 1Sam 2:7, Psalm 127:2, Romans 12:11, James 1:17.
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