Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 6, 2014

When we believers become wealthy, we need to use it to build our faith more than to build our bank account.

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 8:11-20.

“11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances 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 your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out 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;  He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.  16 In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.  17 Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’  18 But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.  19 It shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.  20 Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the Lord your God.”  Deuteronomy 8:11-20.

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When we get our first job, we may get proud and forget about God.  When we get our first promotion, we may get proud and forget about God.  When we buy our first dream house, we may get proud and forget about God.  When we start buying stocks and bonds, we may get proud and forget about God.  When we saved enough for retirement, we may get proud and forget about God.

“But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”  Verse 18.  “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’”  Verse 17.

Verse 18 teaches us that God gives us the power to make wealth, not so that we become independent and forget God, but rather so that His covenant (“I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” in Hebrews 6:14) is confirmed.  God can surely bless us in many different ways, but one of the ways that He may bless us is to give us the power to make wealth.  That does not mean that God makes every believer wealthy or equally wealthy.  It also does not mean that everyone who is wealthy is blessed by God.

But, when we believers become wealthy, we need to use it to build our faith more than to build our bank account.  We need to turn our focus to God and remember that it is He Who has made us wealthy to confirm His covenant that He will surely bless us and multiply us.

“It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,
And He adds no sorrow to it.”  Proverbs 10:22.

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