Proper Perspective of Prosperity

Be grateful and enjoy what [you] have
worked for. It is a gift from God.
     —Ecclesiastes 5:19

Wealth isn’t sinful, but it’s risky. “Command those who are rich . . . not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God . . . Let them do good . . . [be] ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Tm 6:17–19).

Moses told the Israelites, “The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land . . . you will lack nothing” (Dt 8:7, 9).

He gave three bits of advice regarding their soon-to-be-enjoyed prosperity: 1) praise God for it; 2) don’t strut, thinking it was your brilliance that produced it; 3) remember it is God who gives you the ability to build wealth (Dt 8:10, 17, 18).

Measure your wealth by what you would
have left if you lost all your money.

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