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Eternity 3 - God gives the power to make wealth to those who work with wisdom

(Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV) "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 this day.

God rarely gives people wealth directly - dropping gold bars from heaven in their lap. Rather God gives people the power to make wealth. God gives people strong bodies, sharp minds, dozens of opportunities, wise friends, an education, and then He expects them to use this power to make wealth that He has given them - but few find this easy!

Solomon was made wealthy by God and for Solomon wealth flowed from wisdom. Solomon had tremendous wisdom - therefore he had tremendous power to make wealth. The wisdom Solomon had - and which he wrote about in Proverbs was practical wisdom, political wisdom, business wisdom ,relationship wisdom and life wisdom.

As well as the wisdom the Bible records he developed scientific wisdom about animals and plants.

(1 Kings 4:33-34 NKJV) Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. {34} And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

If you read Proverbs carefully, you will get the following clues on how God gives people the power to make wealth.

1. The righteous man and his good wife have good relationships with God and neighbour and care for the poor.

2. They avoid wicked troublemakers who will only bring them down in life.

3. They seek wisdom and knowledge diligently.

4. They apply that wisdom, working hard, with clear priorities.

5. They wait on God to give the increase as they are faithful.

Fear God, obey His commandments, walk in His ways, seek His wisdom and apply it with skill and diligence and THAT - is the power to make wealth!


John Edmiston


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