Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
“…Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).
It is reported that King Solomon offered a thousand burned offerings to the Lord. During the night, the Lord appeared to him in a dream, and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (1 Kings 3:4-5). Solomon said, “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:9). God was pleased with his request and gave him wisdom, honor, and wealth (1 Kings 3:10-13).
Three things I find interesting with the narrative are that Solomon made sacrificial offerings to the Lord before he had the dream. Then, he made a request that would help him carry out his duties as king; his request was aligned with his purpose. At the time he made the request, his utmost desire was to serve the people to the best of his ability, and be a king who pleases God. The Lord honored his request and gave him much more.
Centuries later Jesus came to the earth and was offered as the final sacrifice; He is our sacrifice. Before his ascension, He said to his disciples, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name…” (John 14:13). It is remarkable to see that the same words His Father said to King Solomon, He is saying to us right now. I believe that if we follow Solomon’s example and ask for the things that will help us to accomplish our purpose, and have the desire to please God, He will give us our desires and much more. What are the things that you want to accomplish your purpose? Name them and they are yours.
Many believers are fascinated with getting rich, which is not a new trend. Thousands of years ago, the apostle Paul wrote, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Nowadays, there are quite a few prosperity doctrines that have persuaded some believers it is God’s plan for them to be wealthy, and they are to give money or sow seeds for Him to bless them. Sadly, they have given thousands of dollars and have not seen the promised wealth. The outcome is, they are poorer, angry with Jesus, and upset with themselves.
Jesus is deeply hurt when his children are led astray and waits patiently for their return. The parable is told of the Prodigal Son who took his inheritance from his father, went to a far country, and spent it. After a while, he came to his senses and realized that he was happier living with his father. Therefore, he decided to return home and started the journey. When his father saw him from a distance, he ran to meet him, hugged and kissed him. He then told his servants to plan a party for his son’s return (Luke 15:11-24). Similarly, Jesus is overjoyed when one of his children returns to him. He said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Jesus gives wealth to whom he desires. Having wealth comes with responsibilities. Jesus told the parable of the rich man who had an increase in harvest and did not have adequate storage. Hence, he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to store his grains. Then, he would no longer work hard, just eat, drink, and be merry. Well, it so happened that the Lord called him home the same night (Luke 12:13-21). Jesus blesses us with resources to help others and is displeased when we do otherwise.
The apostles did not desire wealth. They were mighty in word and power through Christ, yet, they were not wealthy and did not ask Jesus for wealth. They were more concerned about sharing the gospel than accumulating wealth. The eternal life was more appealing to them than the temporal. Throughout their writings, they warned believers against desiring wealth and implore them to do the will of God (Matthew 7:21; Romans 12:2).
The Bible says, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. If your riches increase do not set your heart upon them, they can disappear quickly” (Proverbs 23:4-5; Psalm 62:10). You might recall the 2008 financial crisis in which many people lost their wealth. During that period, Jesus was the source of peace, stability, and life for many. When Jesus blesses you with wealth, He gives you the wisdom to keep it and a desire to help the poor and needy, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).
Heavenly Father, I pray that we will ask you for the things we need to accomplish our purpose, in Jesus’s name, Amen.