Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Power to Create Wealth: Wisdom, Opportunity, Capital

And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is to this day. (Deuteronomy 8:18)
How does God give us the power to create wealth? Three things are needed: wisdom, opportunity and capital.

Wisdom. We need wisdom and insight both to understand how to create wealth and to know what to do with it. God is our source of wisdom for everything.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
Opportunity. In addition to wisdom for creating wealth, we also need opportunity. Fortunately, opportunity for creating wealth abounds. It is created in the very structure of the world — the law of seedtime and harvest, which shall endure as long as the earth.
While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.
(Genesis 8:22)
We find this principle at work throughout Scripture.
  • In Genesis 1, the creation account, every creature and all vegetation created to reproduce after its kind.
  • Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measure back to you” (Luke 6:38).
  • Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
  • To the Galatians, Paul said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7-8). Here we see that the law of seedtime and harvest can work for us or against us, depending on what kind of seed we sow.
The whole world, in every facet of life, operates on the principle of sowing and reaping, of seedtime and harvest. Therefore, if you want to reap a good harvest, sow good seed. Sow regularly.
In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do no know which will prosper, either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.
(Ecclesiastes 11:6)
Don’t be deterred by negative circumstances, but always look to the Lord to guide you in how, where, when and how much to sow.
He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap.
(Ecclesiastes 11:4)

There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. Then the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you …

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. (Genesis 26:1-3, 12-14)
The Bible teaches that a day is coming in which the process of seedtime and harvest will be accelerated.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,
“When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.”
(Amos 9:13)
This describes the end-time harvest, and that day is already dawning, “because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:8).

Capital. In addition to wisdom and opportunity, we also need capital. Capital is the initial assets needed to produce greater assets. If you are going to sow, you need to have seed. But God has also provided this as well. He gives seed to the sower.
For as the rain is comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My Word be that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please.
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
(Isaiah 55:10-11)
Paul makes reference to this passage in his letter to the Corinthians, applying it in a financial context.
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
God will never leave you without a seed to sow. Consider, for example, the story of the prophet’s widow who was covered up with debt she could not pay. She nothing at all of value — except for a jar of oil. Elisha told her what to do with that oil — how to sow it — and the result was a miracle of harvest and increase that not only got her out of debt but also provided a living for her and her sons (2 Kings 4:1-7).

God has given you the ability to create wealth. Ask Him for the wisdom, identify the seed He has given you, and watch for the opportunity to sow it. Put your trust fully in Him, let Him direct your path, and He will lead you into prosperity and abundance.