“[R]emember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today (Deuteronomy 8:18, NIV).”
No one is truly self-made. Even the person who pulls himself up by his bootstraps gets a helping hand. Despite this truth, many of us refuse to acknowledge we need help–let alone ask for help. It is not a sign of weakness to admit you need help. Quite the opposite. Understanding the need for assistance and asking for it (James 4:2) actually demonstrates wisdom. Otherwise, getting to the other side of your circumstance may lead to unnecessary heart- and headache.
That being said, let me share a wonderful revelation I recently received on the topic of help. It was in the form of a sermon delivered by my pastor, Wilbur Baker Jr of NorthShore Christian Church, here in Milwaukee WI (shameless plug–you can do that when you blog). He reminded us that one of God’s referenced names is “El”. To that end, to call on God–El– is to call for hELp…! Oh how this continues to bless me! It ties in so well with today’s scripture because the one who is help, Himself, is the one pouring wisdom into us for the purpose of obtaining, maintaining and sharing wealth.
Gaining wealth is not something we can do without assistance. Despite the cliché, there are no self-made millionaires (billionaires, etc.). It takes education, timing, and connections. These days, an individual can educate themselves on the ins and outs of business and finance through books, seminars and Internet searches. Part of the education process is learning how to time investments, understanding appropriate market placement of one’s product, and when to best launch to ensure the maximum return on investment. Connection, by definition implies reaching out to another (or others). In the passage above, we are reminded that God, Himself, makes it possible for us to produce wealth. There is no greater connection than being hooked-up with the Creator of all things. Our connection to other people is initiated by the Creator. Our relationship to an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful God ensures our success. Who you with…? -WordsInPrint by Suni
Closing prayer: Giver of every good and perfect gift: Cause us to walk upright before You. In doing so, we trust You will not withhold any good thing from us. Cause us to be wise stewards over Your financial blessings. Cause us to trust and obey Your instruction, so every ministry need is met. In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
Edited; First published March 23, 2011 as FB Note.