Does God promise Christian’s wealth?
Many televangelists, and Christian denominations, promise riches and wealth to their followers. They explain God wants his people to be materially well off, the streets of heaven are paved with pure gold, and if we give, we will receive ten fold back again. Is this what the Bible really teaches on the subject of giving, and material wealth? I read somewhere there are two ways to be wealthy, the first is to accumulate much, the second is to have need of little. As Christians we already have the wealth of the universe waiting for us as our inheritance, and the priceless gift of eternal life with our Lord, at his coming.
Prov. 30.8-9 tells us, “Remove far from me vanity and lies, give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me. Lest I be full, and deny thee and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” Jesus taught us to pray, ” give us this day our daily bread.” Our daily bread meets our physical needs, and our heavenly bread meets our spiritual needs. Many of our lives are in turmoil, we are bombarded with advertising that makes us feel inadequate, unless we have the latest new item that is being promoted. We need to simplify our lives, and be thankful for what we have, and not covetous of those things we don’t have.
One thing most of us could use more of, instead of money, is peace in our lives. The Bible speaks of a peace that surpasses all understanding. It also tells us how to obtain such a peace. Paul writes to the Collossians and tells them, “Let your moderation be known to all men, The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ” Col. 4.5-7. Let our moderation be known, be careful for nothing, and let our requests be made known to God. Well you say, I will let my requests be made known to God, he will give me material gain if I ask him right? James 4.3 tells us, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” God wants our needs taken care of, not our wants. ” Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness, from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.” II Tim. 6.5-8. I have seen many preachers on television, who parade their gain, and would have their congregations and their viewers believe that their gain is somehow godliness. Paul tells Timothy to withdraw himself from such. God does not reward the godly with wealth, or material gain or possessions. “Hearken my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” James2.5.