How to Get Rich…Slow

This instant gratification society loves things fast…as in, right now. Americans don’t just want to get rich, we want to get rich quick. If we can set aside the thought for a moment that all of us who are sitting a computer reading this are already rich, in terms of global standards, most of us probably don’t consider ourselves financially rich in terms of American standards. In fact, I suspect the vast majority of you would label yourselves as middle class.

If you desire to be rich monetarily, I strongly urge you to examine your motives. If you want to get rich quick, I must warn you: God does not look favorably upon the desire to get rich quick. Here are a couple of Scriptures that address this issue:

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. – Proverbs 13.11, ESV

A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 28.20, ESV

God wants us to be content with our current circumstances, lower, middle, or upper class. In fact, lack of contentment indicates that our soul is not satisfied with him:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13.5-6, ESV

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4.11-13, NIV

Simply put, contentment in itself is wealth! Lack of contentment financially will lead to all kinds of sorrow:

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. – 1 Timothy 6.6-10, NLT

That all being said, if your heart is right and you are content with where you are, it is not wrong for you to work toward wealth. In fact, the Bible is very clear about the right way to become wealthy, namely hard work, wisdom with money, and patience:

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.– Proverbs 13.4, ESV

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!It has no commander,no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. – Proverbs 6.6-8, NIV

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. – Proverbs 13.11, ESV

These are Biblical principles not Biblical promises, so make sure you remember the difference. Abiding by these principles will not guarantee you will become wealthy, but they definitely increase your chances. But if your heart is right, you will trust the sovereignty of God in your finances and be satisfied with living by His principles, whether you attain great wealth or not.

I discovered an interesting website recently. I don’t think it is a Christian website, but its basic premise is straight out of God’s Word: if you want to get rich, do it slowly. The Bible says a whole lot more about money than I have mentioned in this one blog post. If you want to know more, I recommend these resources:

Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn

Crown Financial Ministries

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