Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. Proverbs 28:8
In the history of ancient Israel, we see an enormous transfer of wealth over a relatively short period of time. Genesis 41 tells the story of how, under the leadership of Joseph and the revelation of God, Egypt stored up grain during seven years of plenty and was then able to sell it during the following seven years of famine. It is an ancient picture of what we would call perfect market timing.
As a result of this strategy, Egypt accumulates what is literally the wealth of nations because it is the only nation with food to sell. Some translations say the “whole world” came to Egypt to purchase food.
However, only a few chapters later we see that fortune move again in a single night as the Israelites flee Egypt and the Egyptians surrender their wealth to them to hurry them on their journey. Exodus 12 states that the effect of all these gifts was that the Hebrews, “plundered the Egyptians”.
We see that same story of wealth transfer played out in the New Testament on a more personal level in Luke 12 as a foolish man tears down his barns to build new ones large enough to hold all his profits only to learn that his soul is required of him that very night. We see it again in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 as those who are obedient with their resources are rewarded and those who are not are deprived of what they have.
It is as if God wants to personally control your money!
Actually, no. We have start with the understanding that all wealth is God’s wealth. Your relationship to money was never more than one of stewardship. You are holding onto it for God until He tells you what to do with it.
And just like you would, He has a plan for His money. He wants to use it to help people, particularly those who are poor or disadvantaged. He is more than happy to care for His steward but making His steward rich, uncaring, and insular was never part of His plan.
Don’t be someone the Lord has to use to amass money before giving to someone faithful enough to deploy it as ordered. Be the obedient one, who devotes all God’s resources according to His perfect plan. Be faithful over little, and be made steward over much (Matthew 25:23).