16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
The above passage is a part of the message given by Moses to the Israelites before they entered the land promised to them. Moses was reminding his people that God has provided for all their needs throughout the journey to a land that will make them very rich.
He also cautioned that after they settled at the land, they would become so rich that they will say that they got rich by their own efforts. In Verse 18, Moses reminded them in advance that the Lord is the one who gave them the ability to produce wealth in fulfillment of his promise to their ancestor.
This is the foundation text for this article. God is the one who gives us the power to create wealth. If you want to be rich, go to God for this power. The above passage reminds us that our God wants all his people to be rich. He also wants us to always remember that the power to create wealth comes from him.
How do we benefit from this?
First, we know where to go to if we want to get rich. God has all the power that can create as much wealth as we desire. So, there is no better place to go to other than God. I am sure the theologians and doctrine worshippers will say that it is not right to seek God to be rich. However, the truth is God himself told us that he wants us rich and he has the power to do so. Why would God want to say that if he does not want us to go to him to acquire this power?
Therefore, as Christians we should not be ashamed with our God. We worship the God of heaven and earth stated in the Bible, not doctrines nor theology. We are called to be rich. Our destiny is riches in every area of our lives.
Secondly, the power to create wealth implies our roles in putting this power into action. This means work. We still have to work to get rich. The prosperity from the Bible does not mean that we can just sit down there believing we will be rich and money will start dropping from the sky. We must still continue to do our routine jobs.
This means if you are working in a job, continue to work. If you are running a business, keep running it. If you are a student, study. The difference here is, when you are working or studying, work or study with the assurance that God is now working behind the scenes to bring prosperity in what you do. Our role is to keep doing our jobs in alignment with God’s prosperity plan. God cannot bring prosperity to your job if you quit your job and stay at home.
When we work and see prosperity coming into our lives, we may be misled into thinking that it is our efforts alone that has created our wealth. This is the warning given by Moses in the above passage. So, we should regularly remind ourselves that God is the source of our prosperity. You may be the one who ploughed the fields and sowed the seeds but God causes them to grow into a bountiful harvest. Without God’s intervention, you may still have a harvest but it may not be that bountiful.
In conclusion, it is crucial for our prosperity that we must always remember God as the true source of our prosperity. The power to create wealth comes from God.