Applying Bible Principles
There are some wonderful principles in the Old Testament which apply to present-day Christians. One of these is in Deuteronomy 8:10-18. Stated in contemporary language, it says, “When you have eaten and are full, and when your cars, houses and bank accounts multiply, don’t forget where it came from: Remember the Lord your God.”
In truth, all that we have comes from God. He determines what we will receive, whether it be money, gold, silver, houses, land, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, etc. It all belongs to Him in the first place, and He entrusts it to us. According to David’s prayer in 1 Chronicles 29, riches, honor, power, and wealth all come from God.
That’s why there is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Oh, we have to do our part. God’s plan is not that we just sit around praying and reading the Bible all day long so that what we need to survive will miraculously drop into our hands. We’re not just to pray for our “daily bread,” but we’re also to get up each day and work for it! That’s why the Apostle Paul stated clearly, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thes. 3:10). But in reality, the amount of money and wealth which we receive is determined by God. According to His divine will and knowledge, He entrusts to each of us the amount which He knows will be best for us.
What should be our reaction to our financial state? Some might pray, “Dear Lord, you must have made a mistake concerning me and my finances. Please give me more money.” Others might try to circumvent God’s design for their lives by trying to win the lottery or to obtain large sums of money through some other means. Mature Christians, however, will realize God’s infinite wisdom far surpasses their limited perspective. They will accept with a thankful spirit what God has entrusted to them and seek to honor God by their living and by their giving.