18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
Proverbs 8:18-19 (NKJV)
This is another reminder from the Bible on what the wisdom of God can do for us. God’s wisdom can produce everything we desire in our lives. This includes even the things that are supposed to be politically incorrect like riches and honor. This is the opposite of the carnal view on what wisdom is.
The above verses are from the personified Wisdom. God gives us his wisdom to make us rich. Verse 18 tells us that when we have wisdom, we have riches and honor. Not only that our riches are enduring and part of our righteousness. In short, we are eternally rich.
Verse 19 continues with the truth that the result from wisdom is even greater than the physical wealth like gold and silver. This is the benefit of acquiring God’s wisdom.
Now, let us move on to the direct application. How do we make this work? How do we use the above passage to bring riches, like a lot of money to our lives? If you have been reading this blog for a while, you should have realized by now that I do not read the Bible in order to be poor. I use the Bible as an instrument for my prosperity. If the Bible cannot help me to attain riches, I will not be bothered with it in the first place.
The first lesson we can learn here is the importance of wisdom in its role in helping us to get rich. Wisdom by itself is intangible. Yet, when it is put to work, it can produce tangible results like real money. This reminds me of a virus.
A virus is nothing more than a protein shell with some DNA inside. It is an object, not an organism. It is not a living thing. Yet, when it is in contact with a living cell, it will begin to reproduce itself and behave like it is alive.
The wisdom of God is in the Bible. In the printed form, it is nothing more than some ink on papers. In the digitized version, it is just some electrons. It is dead and useless. In order to make it work, we have to read it and plant it firmly into our hearts. Only then can the wisdom of God produce results in out lives.
So, if we want to be rich, we not only have to read the Bible but to meditate the message until it is firmly secured in our hearts and minds. If you are to say that you are too busy making money to read the Bible, you are basically saying that you are forgoing the opportunity for money to come to you because you are too busy chasing after it. Logic dictates that it is better for money to chase after us than for us to chase after money. God gives us riches to enjoy life. He does not give us life to chase riches.
If want to be rich, make God the central part of your life. Do not despise disciplines like praying, confessing your prosperity and reading the Bible as religious rituals. They are not. These disciplines are instruments to bring us riches.
Secondly, the above verses also tell us that our riches do not depend on what is happening to the world around us. One of the most common excuses for theological infested Christians to degrade the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to point out the status believers living in poor countries as though God can only make us rich if we live in rich countries.
The truth is, the environment we live in is irrelevant to God. Our entitlement to be rich does not come from the country we live in. It comes from the Cross of Calvary. At the Cross, Jesus died poor for us to live rich. When we desire to be rich, we are effectively honoring what Jesus had done for us. However, should we choose to reject riches like taking up the Vow of Poverty, we are effectively insulting Jesus.
What is your choice? As for me, I want to honor Jesus. When I am poor, I want to be rich. When I get rich, I want to be richer. Right now, I want to see millions of dollars coming into my bank account every day in Jesus’ name.