Many people want to become rich, they’re even willing to do anything to become rich. If they can’t do it legally, they do it illegally. If they are afraid to do it illegally, then they try to do it semi-illegally. The point is, they try every way to get rich.
That’s why all Success Seminar held by success guru always crowded with people. The first seminar is free, but for the next seminar, they have to pay a lot of money. But because their desire to become rich has been raised, many people have “fallen into a trap” and are willing to pay any price, even if they have to borrow money. Do they succeed? Not necessarily!
It is the desire to become rich that lures people into a trap for pursuing of wealth that often only lead to deep disappointment and frustration.
That is why the Bible says:
“Be wise enough not to wear yourself out trying to get rich” (Proverbs 23:4).
“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and are caught in the trap of many foolish and harmful desires, which pull them down to ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9).
So does it mean Christians should not and could not become a rich man? God does not want and will not make us “rich.” More than that, God wants and will make us “blessed men!”
Because the Bible says,
“It is the LORD’s blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work can make you no richer” (Proverbs 10:22).
The Bible gives example of the blessed so he became rich, namely Isaac.
“Isaac sowed crops in that land, and that year he harvested a hundred times as much as he had sown, because the LORD blessed him. He continued to prosper and became a very rich man” (Genesis 26:12-13).
The Bible recorded, what Isaac worked on was really successful so he became very wealthy. The reason is simple: He was blessed by God.
So from this day, let us change the desire to become a rich man to become the blessed. The purpose determines what we will do and how to do it.
Steps to become the blessed (Genesis 26: 1-13):
1. Connect accurately with a leader who live accurately in the presence of God.
“Live here, and I will be with you and bless you. …I will keep the promise I made to your father Abraham. … because Abraham obeyed me and kept all my laws and commands” (Kejadian 26:3-5).
One of the main reasons why God blessed Isaac was because of Abraham, his father. God said that. He wants to bless Isaac in the context to fulfill the promise which He swore to Abraham, because Abraham lived accurately before Him. He lived according to all of God’s laws and commands.
If we are connected accurately with a “father/leader” that has been blessed by God, then we will get the blessing too. Accurate relationship makes blessing flow unimpeded to our lives.
2. Learn to obey, whatever the risks.
The LORD had appeared to Isaac and had said, “Do not go to Egypt; stay in this land, … Live here … So Isaac lived at Gerar” (Genesis 26:2-3, 6)
In Gerar famine took place. In order not to suffer from hunger Ishak should have gone to Egypt where there was no famine. Everybody did it. But the Lord said: “Do not go to Egypt, stay in Gerar.” And Isaac obeyed even at the risks that he and his entire family will experience hunger.
Clearly and unequivocally the Bible says that those who obey God will be blessed. They are not looking for blessings, blessings overtake them.
“If you obey the LORD your God and faithfully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, he will make you greater than any other nation on earth. Obey the LORD your God and all these blessings will be yours:The LORD will bless …” (Deuteronomy 28:1-13)
3. Sow in “that land.”
“Isaac sowed crops in that land, and that year he harvested a hundred times as much as he had sown, because the LORD blessed him” (Genesis 26:12).
Being blessed so that blessings overtake us does not mean we do not need to do anything. Just sitting idlily every day waiting for blessing to come. As far as I know, people who obey God never lazy and lazy people usually do not obey.
Lazy people are not blessed by God, but obedient people are blessed by God. Isaac sowed in that land and because of that he was blessed by God, his sowing resulted in a hundred-fold.
God’s blessing makes what we do produce doubled, beyond what is normally happen. But the reason why God blessed Isaac’s sowing is because he sowed in ‘that land.’
What does it mean? That land was the land which the Lord commanded Isaac to stay and work on. So the land became the land that had been blessed by God. That’s why when when Isaac sowed, just within a year, it could produce a hundred-fold.
Those are steps to become the blessed. Make sure we sow in “that land.” We work on the land that is destined for us by God. Then, in not too long a period, what we do will result with an extraordinary way beyond what is normally happen.
Also read: God Will Provide.