Today as we read God’s Word we get guidelines for growing in godliness. In the book of Deuteronomy we receive significant instruction on the practices that will help us live with a continual God consciousness, making more and more room for Holy Spirit in our lives.
As godly people we need to be vigilant to maintain a proper attitude and discipline in our relationships (Deuteronomy 12:8). We also read in Deuteronomy how to explore and maintain a proper respect for the authority of God’s Word in our lives and conduct (Deuteronomy 13:1-5).
However, my main emphasis for us today, is on this Scripture in (Deuteronomy 8:18)“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.”
The word for power koach; Strong’s #3581; Vigour, strength, force, capacity, power, wealth, means: “capacity” or “ ability” whether physical, mental, or spiritual. Here, Moses informs Israel that it is God who gives to them and to us the “ability” (power means: endurance, capacity) to obtain wealth for material blessings, which was included in the promises to the patriarchs and their descendants. Moses strictly warns Israel, in verse 17, not to falsely conclude that this capacity for success is an innate talent, but to humbly acknowledge that it is a God given ability.
Prospered to Bless
In this text in (Deuteronomy 8:18) it reveals that wealth should exist to establish and verify the covenant. It should not be squandered selfishly. Clearly God wants our needs to be met and for us to think about what should be done with the surplus of His blessing.
Can we live in more than one house at a time? God desires that we use our abundance to bless others. God wants us to have wealth, but money is only a part of that wealth. A person can have millions and still be poor: poor in health, poor in peacefulness, and poor in friendships.
Wealth is more than money and possessions. We need the wisdom for both:
- To receive God’s covenant of prosperity-to receive wealth without it controlling us.
- To see it’s breadth and intent for our whole being- that with wealth and health, peace and friends – we serve others. God’s covenant prosperity is always a means to an end and never an end in itself.