“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”—Proverbs 28:20
Some people have the mistaken belief the bible is against wealth. Preachers and theologians have presented the scriptures this way. But just a study of Proverbs alone shows us that wealth isn’t the issue. A child of God can be wealthy. The issue is the way our wealth or prosperity is obtained.
There were several prominent drug dealers in the neighborhood I spent my teenage years and early twenties. I didn’t know them personally but did have mutual associates. One in particular stuck out to me. He dressed the way I wished to. He drove the car I wanted. He worked for himself. He wasn’t tied down to a 9-5 job he hated, like I was. He had the money I wanted. While I wasn’t jealous of him, I was a little jealous of his supposed success.
One day the truth of this verse hit home. The mutual associate I mentioned called me to tell me the horrible news. This brother that I envied had been shot and killed at a gas station in our neighborhood. The police didn’t even bother to cover his body up for hours after his death. He was stretched out wide, lying in his own blood. He was lying next to that fine car, never to drive it again. And because there were some drugs in the car, even the car was confiscated. He left his family nothing but a few dollars in his house and a broken heart. He left his children with no legacy.
Now I know that my faithful life is right. At 35, I am a few years older than that brother was when he passed. I still probably haven’t earned as much as he did in his life. But because I’ve lived a faithful life, God has blessed me with a beautiful family. My financial house is in order. I preach this all the time: I’d rather grow slowly and keep what I’ve gained, than to skip steps and keep falling short. Get wealth the right way.