The phrase came to me meditating on the word of God and listening to an anointed pastor. Money is great to help others, help spread God’s gospel all over the world, and to take care of our needs with enough left over to enjoy life. Ecclesiastes 10:19 says, money answers all things. We need money to operate in the natural. However, when the money is low, God’s wisdom helps you to be fruitful and multiply. Money is not evil in itself. it is the love of money that is the root of why people do evil and compromise their faith in Jesus. We do not want to make money be the reason why we do things. Our main focus as believers is sharing the good news of Jesus, discovering our purpose, glorifying God, and operating in our gifts for the glory of God.
When we take care of God’s kingdom, everything else comes along with it. Matthew 6:33:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The richest man, King Solomon, in the bible asked for wisdom. 1 Kings 3:7-13 Easy Read Version: 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
Solomon at the time was humble and had a pure heart. God rewarded him with not only wisdom but riches. However, to whom much is given much is required. Solomon started off good but ended up turning his heart from God. We can quickly forget God after he blesses us with wisdom and our possessions increase.
Deuteronomy 8:11-19:11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His commandments and His judgments (precepts) and His statutes which I am commanding you today; 12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have increases, 14 then your heart will become lifted up [by self-conceit and arrogance] and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 15 He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; it was He who brought water for you out of the flinty rock. 16 He fed you manna in the wilderness, [a substance] which your fathers did not know, so that He might humble you [by dependence on Him] and that He might test you, to do good [things] for you at the end. 17 Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.19 And it shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will most certainly perish. 20 Like the nations which the Lord causes to perish before you, so shall you perish; because you would not listen to and obey the voice of the Lord your God.
Solomon, after doing everything his heart desired with the wealth, wisdom, fame, and women, forgot God. He realized it was all useless without God. Ecclesiastes 2:24-26: 24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and assure himself that there is good in his labor. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? 26 For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who pleases God. This too is vanity and chasing after the wind.
Everything good will unfold, when you seek God’s wisdom over silver and gold.
Prayer: Glory to the only wise God my Savior who created the earth with wisdom. I repent for seeking after money rather than what you have me here for on earth. I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added. God, help me not to forget you when possessions increase and wisdom increase becoming proud. God, without you I can’t do nothing. Every good thing comes from you. God, give me wisdom to operate in the gift and purpose you have for me. In Jesus name! Amen!