Devotional Reading Proverbs 30:1-9 ODB – 11.15.14 –
[twocolumns]In today’s devotion, Agur shares one perspective, and clearly, the predominant perspective. Too little is a problem, and for many, too much seems to be an even greater problem. To support Agur in Proverbs, 30:8-9, Paul reiterates and supports that perspective in 1 Timothy 6:6-10.
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain[c] we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” It is even possible to suggest that it is the riches that God gave to Solomon that was the greatest contributor to his turning away from God.
But there is another perspective. When it comes to riches, David did not do too badly for himself. Abraham was pretty well secured financially. One may even observe that persons like Zacchaeus and other Tax Collectors who had already acquired wealth, subsequently turned to Jesus for true wealth. So what is the take-away for us today as Believers in Jesus Christ?
Money is a necessity for the expansion of the Kingdom of God, and that money has to come from somewhere. Jesus demonstrated that He could recover it from the mouth of a fish, but that simply meant that some poor sold lost his money in the first place. Perhaps you can say that Jesus demonstrated the principle of redistribution of wealth. God rewarded Solomon with wealth because He chose the things of God. That makes wealth in itself something good, and not bad as we often suggest. The problem is never wealth, it is our relationship with God.
If our relationship is right with God while we are earning $100 a month, that’s good enough reason for our heart to be still right with God when earning $1000. If we tithed on the $100, then it will be much easier to tithe on the $1000, because now, instead of $90, we have $900 on which to live. And what about when we earn $1,000,000? Now we tithe $100,000 but have $900,000 on which to live.
But there is more to the secret than that. You see, even when we tithe because of discipline, convictions or obedience, there is still that 90% with which we can do great harm. It follows that when the 90% is $900,000, we can do greater harm than when it is only $90.00. So Not even faithful tithing can solve the problem of wealth being used as a distracter from God.
The secret lies in Deuteronomy 8:18, “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day”. It is helpful to read the entire chapter. The truth is that wealth in the hands of a Christian in right relationship with God is something to be desired. There is enough material lack within and without the Body of Jesus Christ, to which the sanctified wealth of quite a few Christians can be addressed. Many argue that it is what wealth does to you that makes it dangerous. I say, it is what you do with it that makes it dangerous or profitable to the Kingdom.[/twocolumns]