Our desire should not be to acquire money or success. Our desire should be to enjoy and rightly handle all God makes available to us. I truly believe that God wants the best for each and every one of us, but he also wants us to understand the principles that he has set forth related to money, principles which many of us either overlook for disregard and are often lead by our own vices. If I hear one more person misquote the scripture by saying “Money is the root of all evil.”, Iʼm going to scream! The scripture actually say and I quote 1 Timothy 6:10, “The love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Many believe that an inadequate object like money that cannot think, feel, talk, or move on itʼs own is evil, but in essence itʼs the person that has a love that “thing” that fits those characteristics mentioned above that introduces problems.
Money and possessions are the second most referenced topic in the Bible as they are referenced over 800 times. This fact leads me to believe God really wanted us to be equipped to with the knowledge needed to control it instead of the opposite. But despite all the warnings many have still fallen victim to the power of the dollar. Many have allowed the pursuit of paper to define them and the possession of it to be their downfall and Iʼm not just talking about people with an abundance of it.
King Solomon was known as one of the wisest men who ever lived and the wealthiest King of his time. So i thought is just made good sense to explore Seven Financial Principles of of King Solomon to identify where we may be going wrong as it relates to our wealth.
Solomonʼs Seven Financial Principles
#1. Simplicity: A simple life is a rich life.
Sometimes we forget that it is possible to live life at a healthy pace uncomplicated by the pressures of too many demands and crazy schedules. What we want is peace and fulfillment; these are also what we need. However, we often pursue imitations only to be disappointed.
Proverbs 26:8 Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.
#2. Fairness: Practice “win-win” business relationships.
Sometimes we take too much pride in getting a better deal than someone else. As the people of God, we are to be concerned about the success of others as much as our own.
Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
#3. Giving: Generosity is an essential ingredient in Godʼs economy.
How many times does this issue reveal itself? Letʼs face it. In Godʼs economy, nobody becomes successful until they become givers. The proverbs mention three kinds of financial giving: tithing, caring for the poor, and leaving an inheritance.
Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Although Solomon with the help of God was able to build wealth beyond his greatest
imagination the successful commerce he developed became meaningless when
Solomon stopped pursuing God. The key is to always remember the reason and that in
the end itʼs His will that be done rather than our own.
Stay tuned for part two next Tuesday…
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