Many moderns make the mistaken assumption that Christianity and Judaism (I mention them both since they share a common Scriptural foundation) are concerned exclusively with two issues: morality & eternal things. While it is true that those topics are monumental in their significance, Christianity and Judaism are unique among the world’s faith systems in their abundant concern for the day-to-day components of life.
The Bible is overflowing with counsel regarding practical matters such as relationships, leadership, diet, health, parenting, government, and more. Above all of these, however, is the Scriptures’ attention to the topic of financial success.
Money is discussed more than 800 times in Scriptures and a case can be made that more is said about money than any other topic with the exception of God Himself. Obviously, our Creator is concerned about our finances and our material success.
To drive the point home consider Proverbs 3:13-17:
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who obtains understanding. For her benefit is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than gold. She is more precious than rubies, and none of the things you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.”
…in her left hand are RICHES…
On multiple occasions the reader is reminded that if they will pursue wisdom, the earthly, tangible rewards will be extraordinary.
Why should we pursue Biblical wisdom? If for no other more lofty reason, it is the best route to earthly success.
Do you desire that kind of success? Do you desire a profitable business, a place of honor among your community, practical luxuries, and lasting wealth for you and your family? If you do, then seek wisdom.
What is wisdom?
Here’s where your journey begins: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7
Ask yourself: “Do I fear the Lord?”
What is your reaction to that Scripture? Is it a flippant, “whatever?” Is it a teachable, “what does that really mean?” Is it an acknowledging, “I know?” Is it a humble, “wow… how have I allowed myself to forget?”
Your response to the straightforward statement of the writer will determine everything. If you are in a place where you desire to fear the Lord and pursue wisdom, many joys await you. If you have a place in your heart that hates the very notion, consider what it calls those who despise instruction. I fear that if you reject the Scripture, a very rocky road is ahead.
As we provide coaching and insight into various skills and strategies related to success in your endeavors, the foundation for success must be a healthy fear of the Lord.
Your homework is to read Isaiah 42:8 – 43:21