22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.
Proverbs 13:22 (NLT)
The above verse makes it very clear to us on the direct result of being good or godly. In the Bible, the terms
“good” and “godly” means the same. They refer to living in accordance to the will of God. In this verse, God is telling us very clearly if you obey God, you will be wealthy.
At this point, I am sure carnal Christians like theologians and doctrine worshippers will question on what type of wealth is this. It has been a habit of those heretics to stick in the word “spiritual” to every promise on health or wealth in the Bible. This is how they keep insisting that God has never promised health and wealth in the Bible. So, I will not be surprise that the followers of heresy will say that the wealth in the above verse refers only to “spiritual” wealth.
Are they right? Let us look into the context of the above verse. There are 2 parts in this verse. The first part says good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren. What inheritance can good people leave to their grandchildren? It can be both physical and spiritual. Let me give you an example.
Consider the story of Abraham. Abraham was a godly man and he was very rich. He left all his money to his son Isaac when he died. After some time, Isaac had a huge problem. The area he lived in faced a severe famine. Yet, God had blessed him and made him even richer in the midst of the famine. The Bible tells us that God did it for Abraham’s sake. So, it was Isaac’s spiritual inheritance from his father that helped him not only to overcome the famine but also made him richer from it. Whether the inheritance is in physical or spiritual form, the result is always the same – prosperity.
The second part of the verse is more clear-cut. The sinner’s wealth passes to the godly. Sinners do not have spiritual wealth. They only have physical wealth. Physical wealth is the only form of wealth sinners can recognize and cause them to chase after. In my articles under the category of “Financial Toxic Series”, I have exposed some real life examples on how some people are willing to put their moral integrity aside when they sell financial toxic to the public for the sake of money. This is an example on what sinners are willing to do in order to make money.
However, God is not going to allow the sinners to keep their money for long. He has promised in the above verse that the sinners’ wealth will be passed on to us, the godly. This event is also known as “ The Wealth Transfer”. I like the King James Version on this verse.
22A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Proverbs 13:22 (KJV)
When you see sinners out there who appear to be being rewarded for their sins, do not feel like God has mistreated you. It is not over yet. Since these people had chosen to disobey God, God has graciously allowed them to live the way they like. They are free to sacrifice everything they have to make money. However, since they do not have God in their hearts, they do not have the ability to retain, let alone enjoy the wealth they gained. Their wealth will eventually be transferred to the godly like us.
So, God has not mistreated you. He is only allowing the sinners more time to make more money so that when he transfer them to you, you will have more money. Start rejoicing and praise God for his goodness.
Has such even happened before? The answer is yes. Let me prove this.
37 The Lord brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled.
Psalm 105:37 (NLT)
Wen the Israelites left Egypt, they did not leave with only their own original possessions. They left with a lot of gold and silver. God had effectively transferred the wealth of Egypt to the Israelites. If he could did it then, he can do the same now in a larger scale. One day, we too will be loaded with a lot of gold and silver from the sinners.
I am sure some theologians will say, “Sure, it will happen in heaven.” The truth is, sinners do not go to heaven. Sinners will not go to heaven with their physical wealth and pass them to us. The Transfer will happen here on earth when we are still alive. This is the truth that no theologian can pervert.
What does this mean to us? It gives us hope for a great future on earth. We do not have to wait to die and go to heaven to have great future. Our great and glorious future begins now. Sure, may see a lot of seemingly injustice here on earth where many sinners get rich while godly people like you remain poor but you must realize that such imbalance will not last for long. The wealth of the sinners will soon be passed on to you. God will make sure it happens.
What is our role in this? The answer is to get ready to receive. Build up your faith. Read the Bible. Confess the goodness of God. Make it a habit to praise God when good things (no matter how small) happen to you. When bad things happen, never falter nor give up. Keep believing that God is still on your side. He is working behind the scenes to deliver and prosper you. Failure is not in your future. Defeat is not in your future. If the devil knocks you down seven times, get up eight! Never give up your faith because your faith the only link you have to the supernatural power of God.
The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.