Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 1, 2022

“It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich” – “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 26:12-17.

“Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold.  And the LORD blessed him, and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy;  for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.  Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth.  Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us.”  And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled there.”  Genesis 26:12-17.


There are those who read the title to this devotion who may be tempted to immediately rush to judgment and dismiss the devotion without reading it and think:  “Prosperity Gospel!”

I respectfully request that the reader please read the whole devotion and consider the Scriptures and all the points before making judgment.    

First, we cannot ignore Scripture such as today’s Scripture and other Scriptures that it is by the blessing of the LORD that one becomes rich.  

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

“The LORD has greatly blessed my master (Abraham), so that he has become rich;  and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys.”  Genesis 24:35.  

Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’  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.”  Deuteronomy 8:17-18.

Second, also in regards to Proverbs 10:22 above, there are those who are rich and they do not have God’s blessing.  God does add sorrow to their riches.

“16 When I pondered to understand this,
It was troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!” Psalm 73:16-19.

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.”  James 5:1.

Third, faith requires a belief that God will reward us and provide for us.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

Consider the following from the Heidelberg Catechism that faith believes in the care and other providence of God, our faithful Father.

 Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.

Q. 27.  What dost thou mean by the providence of God?

A.  The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures;  so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand. 

Q. 28.  What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?

A.  That we may be patient in adversity;  thankful in prosperity;  and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love;  since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.

Fourth, even when we experience earthly riches, our minds are set above on heavenly riches.  Consider Abraham.  As rich as Abraham was, here is how his life was summarized.  “By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;  for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”  Hebrews 11:9-10.

Fifth, wisdom and understanding (particularly understanding of God) is better than riches.

“13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.” Proverbs 3:13-18.

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.


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