Biblical Economics

 

God has plenty to say about how you should handle your money. Do you know how God feels about prosperity, poverty, borrowing, lending and saving money? As with all Christian living principles, the Bible is the foundation of truth and guides us to all the answers.

By the time you finish this article you'll see that nowhere does the Bible inherently equate riches with righteousness and poverty with unrighteousness. In other words, a rich person is not necessarily holy, and a poor person is not necessarily evil. The reverse is also true: a rich person is not inherently wicked, and a poor person is not automatically godly.

GOD'S PERSPECTIVE ON PROSPERITY

Exactly what does God say about prosperity?

God is the one who blessed Abraham, father of the faithful, with abundance. Gen 12:1-3 “Jehovah said to Abram, Get out of your country, get away from your relatives and from your father's house, into a land that I will show you. (2) And I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. (3) I will bless those that bless you and curse those who curse you. In you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

God is the one who blessed Joseph to become 2 nd-in-command of Egypt and gain great wealth. Gen 39:1, 3 “Joseph was brought down to Egypt. And Potiphar, a eunuch of Pharaoh, purchased Joseph from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. (3) Over time, Potiphar noticed that Jehovah was with Joseph, and that Jehovah made all Joseph did to prosper in his hand.” Gen 41:38-41 “Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find any man like Joseph, in whom the Spirit of God dwells? (39) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, Since God has shown you all this, no one is as discreet and wise as you. (40) You shall be over my house, and all my people shall kiss my hand at your word. Only in the throne will I be greater than you. (41) I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

God is the one who blessed David to become ruler over all Israel and achieve prosperity that we can only imagine. All three of these men, Abraham, Joseph and David, are mentioned as men of faith in Heb 11. God even blesses some people that aren’t of faith. The Nation of Israel was promised wealth as long as they continued to walk in obedience to God's commandments. Deu 8:17 - 18 “Do not say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth. You shall remember Yahweh your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.”

What about Christians, does God promise that He’ll make all of us wealthy?

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