20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?
21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Today’s Inspiration: It is interesting to learn that many are crying out to God for abundance but God replied “Why should I bless you?” Two individuals maybe in the same kind of business, pursuing the same goals using the same methods. Outwardly there is nothing to distinguish between them. Inwardly their motives are different. The one who desires to extend God’s kingdom He will grant abundance. God looks at the motives and attitudes of the heart before He grants abundance. Luke 12:20-21. In the parable of the rich man Luke explains that the first lesson to achieve God’s abundance is to be rich towards God. The one who lays up treasures for himself is not rich towards God.
Money alone cannot buy a life. During the time of Joseph people were willing to part with their lands just to have food. God prospers Egypt because Joseph was granted an anointing to be a blessing to wherever he was placed. Genesis 41:49. This is to glorify God and to shame the devil who wanted Joseph removed from where he was granted favour. God will only grant abundance if you have a purpose close to His heart. Only God can grant true abundance. The world’s abundance is not permanent and can easily perish.
1 Timothy 6:9-10 is so true. Many in their attempt to get rich fall into temptation and were ensnared that plunged them into ruin and disaster. Money is granted to us for a purpose designed by God and not for accumulation of personal wealth. Some people in their quest for money wandered from their faith and today have been pierced by many griefs.
Money is not for selfish gain neither for spending lavishly. May God speak to your heart why He must bless you if your heart is not rich towards Him.
The Israelites were given wealth as they exit Egypt because God has a purpose bigger than themselves. Exodus 12:35-36. Firstly it was to prepare Moses’ heart to build a tabernacle for Him because God desires to inhabit with His people to communion with them. Genesis 3:8.
God’s plans are never our plans. Sometimes we wonder why God plans for the Egyptians to take over all the wealth of the Israelites and make Pharaoh rich. It is to show that riches comes from Him. He is sovereign and will bless those in obedience whether you are a believer or not.
But God’s word tells us that the days of the blameless are known to the Lord and their inheritance will endure forever. In days of famine they will enjoy plenty. Psalm 37:18-19. We have to believe in order to appropriate this promise.
Why did it take 430 years before He delivered them from bondage? My view is that God knows the hearts of stubbornness of mankind. He had to test the hearts and ensure they are ready for greater wealth before He comes to the rescue. If he rescues instantly they would not appreciate. Man easily forget God’s goodness. Thirdly He has His timing. He has to first prepare a deliverer with a heart of obedience and reverence and finally He found Moses. Exodus 3:10. It is also God’s principles to return seven fold. The Pharaoh who kept the Israelites in bondage have to pay a handsome price.
God promised Abraham that those who cursed him will be cursed. Genesis 12:3. Just as there are generational blessings there are generational curses. 430 years of labour must be redeemed with the transfer of wealth back to the Israelites.
Good stewardship attracts abundance. Jeremiah 9:23-24 Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might nor let the rich man glory in his riches but let him who glories glory in understanding and knowing that Jesus is the Lord exercising loving kindness, judgement and righteousness in the earth. None of the Good things must be gloried. All glory belongs to God. When we keep giving God glory more will be added to us. God is a God of mystery. Whilst the world’s wealth is collapsing, His people prospers in times of famine. We must work for His economy that extends God’s kingdom. God be praised.