28 Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.
Proverbs 11:28 (NLT)
In this article, we shall explore the wisdom of God on money. In the past few articles, you can see for yourself that it is the will of God for all Christians to be rich. Being rich includes having a lot of money. However, our trust must always be with God and not in money.
The above verse tells us that the moment we put our trust in money, we will go down. Our godliness is the true power that creates prosperity in our lives. When we are godly, we flourish like leaves in spring. We will be prosperous, healthy and successful lives when we are godly and utilize our godliness.
It is not difficult to understand that money is only a tool. The purpose of a tool is to create other things. Just because you get tools, it does not mean that you must be able to duplicate the things others have done using those tools. Let me give you an example. An artist can use his brushes and paints on his drawing boards to create a artistic masterpiece. Who is the creator of this masterpiece? The artist or his brushes? The artist is the creator and the brushes are just his tools. If you want to create the same masterpiece, there is no use for you to just get the same brushes and paints. You need to go to the artist and learn. Tools are useless if you do not know how to use them.
Likewise, money is the tool for our prosperity. If you want to be rich, you need to learn how to use money. The entire expertise on using money can be summed up in one word : godliness. Having a lot of money alone does not make us rich. When I visualize myself being rich, I do not imagine myself in a place where a lot of dollar bills dropping from the sky or being in a huge warehouse where there are mountains of dollar bills. I imagine the lifestyle that I will have when I have a lot of money. I imagine living a carefree life, cruising in my private ship, flying in my private plane, staying in my mansion, teaching people how to be rich, producing food to feed millions, building spaceships and all other things that I desire. These are prosperity and money is the tool I use to achieve all these. It is very silly to trust in money. It is like trusting in the paint brushes to help you to create an art masterpiece.
What should we trust in to make us rich? The answer is in the second part of the above verse. “But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.” We can only have true and everlasting riches by being godly. In order to be godly, we must have godliness. Godliness is to be like God. How are we supposed to be like God? We must be born again. When we are born again, we are born of God. We become a new species, the species of God. As I have explained many times, we Christians are gods. So, godliness is our nature. We are godly by our new birth. We have the natural ability to flourish like leaves in spring.
So, we need to be aware of the truth that the secret toward great riches lies within us. God has given us everything we need to be exceedingly prosperous the moment we were born again. When we seek God and listen to his counsel, we are basically trying to learn how to use the gifts he has given to us. We learn how to use our faith, prayers, confession and other stuff from the Bible to help us to get rich. This should be our number one priority. We are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Then all other things will be added to us. Money is a part of the “all other things” which God will add to us.
In conclusion, trust God and use money. Money is only a tool like a hammer, pen, chisel, a map or a Bible. Tools are meant to be used. There is no use trusting in tools. Tools only know how to obey the instructions from their users. If the user gives good instructions, the tools will produce good results. If the user gives bad instructions, the tools will produce bad results. If you want to have good results in your life, trust God. Rely on your godliness. Always remember that as a Christian, you are god.