How Does God Bless People (Financially)?

God’s blessings to Abraham

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We tend to read this passage and only focus on the part where Abraham will be a blessing to the world. It is used as an example of how important generosity is to God, and certainly it is! But, if we are ALL supposed to be generous, I think there is another lesson that we also need to learn from God’s promise to Abraham.

If followers of Christ are to continue being a blessing throughout the world, for God’s Kingdom, maybe we should also understand how people are blessed by God, so we can be apart of His plan for the world.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Another way to look at God’s promise to Abraham — For God to bless the world, God will first bless His faithful people.

So, how did God bless Abraham?

Accumulating Wealth

We know that God can create wealth supernaturally (2 Kings 4:1–7 — The Widow’s Oil, John 2:1–11 — Jesus Changes Water Into Wine). There doesn’t seem to be an example in Abraham’s life showing wealth received by supernatural means, but wealth does come by other means.

From these passages we see that God can make blessings come from other people; such as Abram fathers’ estate when Abram chose to separate from his father in Haran, as well as, the generosity of Pharaoh because of his wife Sarai.

Many times though, God chooses to bless the actions of people that produce very favorable results.

Though God blesses people, it is still up to the people to act in obedience so that God can bless the results.

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” ―Wayne Gretzky

Rhetorical question: How many incredible opportunities from God do we (including myself) miss out on because of our lack of faith and obedience in God?

Abraham acted in obedience.

When God makes a promise, then people believe and obey His instructions, unbelievable results tend to occur.

No matter when or how wealth comes to us, no matter the quantity or quality of the wealth, it also must be managed properly once received.

Protecting Wealth

This passage doesn’t necessarily talk about wealth, but it reveals an important concept from God. A covenant is an agreement or a contract between at least two parties. God established a “contract” with Abraham that both parties had a role in upholding.

God actually made 7 covenants with people throughout history, with various meanings and conditions: What are the different covenants in the Bible? (compellingtruth.org)

The point is, contract/agreements/covenants are very important to God.

Here is an example of an ancient “contract” between people:

Abraham owned private property that was stolen by servants of Abimelek. Abraham wanted control of it back and to protect his ownership of it going forward. A “contract” between the two secured the ownership of it, and established Abraham’s ability to protect and defend his property from future harm. Then he was more fully able to enjoy the use of his property, which included planting trees, worshiping God, and creating a home on the land.

Today, contracts are everywhere from the receipt we have documenting our small transactions, to property deeds and titles.

Once ownership of private property is secure, people then are able participate in mutually beneficial exchange of their property.

Trading Wealth

Abraham did not already own what he needed and therefore had to seek someone who did.

The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules.

Everyone knew Abraham was wealthy and powerful. His affluence opened opportunities that he would not have had access to otherwise. Furthermore, it put the choice in his hands instead of someone else telling him what he could and couldn’t do. Who better to have control of wealth and influence than humble servants of God?

It seems Abraham could have owned this property for free. He may have chosen not to for similar reason as he told other kings who have offered him gifts before, “I will not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, so that you do not say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’” (Genesis 14:22–23). His integrity and faith lead him to not gain anything at the expense of others. He wanted it to be clearly known that God is his source of provision, no one else, which also gave him a great reputation amongst the surrounding people. This passage also reveals a key to proper negotiation and accountability, that is honest witnesses.

Money is any object that is accepted by at least two parties to simply transfer value between the parties indirectly (direct exchange: barter). In Abrahams circumstance, the acceptable medium of exchange was silver by weight (shekel). Price is the mutually beneficial exchange rate that is socially acceptable in a “free market” system. The price can only be established by the involved parties determining what is more beneficial to them individually than holding onto their own property (land or silver).

Property ownership is documented and secured by a contract that can be transferred between people. If property rights are important, contract law is the means of protecting those rights.

Wealth will always transfer to others. We will either transfer it to acquire other desires for our life, or it will be transferred to heirs when we pass from this life.

Leaving Wealth

God indeed blessed Abraham during his life that became a real financial blessing to his family, as well as others.

Servants of God strive to bless others while they live AND when they “graduate”.

Practical Application

“Economic problems are best solved by people freely contracting with one another and with government limited to the function of enforcing those contracts. The absolute best way to do so is through the magnificent idea of dividend-paying whole life insurance. It has more in common with banking than it does with life insurance. A better name would have been a ‘banking system with a death benefit thrown in for good measure.’ It has been around for over 200 years and stood the test of time. It is not compulsory. It is not a government sponsored idea. It preceded the income tax idea by a long time. It is Private Property! Also, the only people who participate in this idea are people who truly care about other people. What a great group of people to be engaged in business with.” — Excerpts from ‘Becoming Your Own Banker’ by R. Nelson Nash

Owning and controlling the most important and most profitable business in the world — the bank — through the simple solution of dividend-paying whole life insurance, is the most efficient tool today for Accumulating, Protecting, and Leaving wealth. When you own your own banking system, whatever the form of money is (“silver, currency acceptable to a merchant.”) won’t matter.

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Founder of Disciple Wealth Strategies. Serve God & Master Money (Luke 16:13)

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Austin L Garner

Founder of Disciple Wealth Strategies. Serve God & Master Money (Luke 16:13)