Does God bless us with riches?

“The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).

Does the above-quoted Bible scripture mean that God blesses his servants with material riches? Sometimes yes. Consider the claim of one Australian preacher and author: “In [my] book I am going to tell you why you need more money and secondly how you can get more money... If you can change your thinking and develop a healthy attitude to money, I believe you will walk in the blessing and prosperity of God and never have a problem with money again.”
Such a claim, however, implies that poor people are not favored by God. Is material prosperity really a sign of God’s blessing? As said before, sometimes yes.

Blessed for a purpose

The Bible record includes cases where God blessed faithful servants with riches. Jacob, for instance, left his home with just his staff but returned 20 years later with enough sheep, cattle, and asses to form two camps. According to the Bible, Jacob’s prosperity was a gift from God (Genesis 32:10). Another example: Job was a rich man who owned a lot of cattle (Job 1:10). God gave King Solomon wealth so great so that no other king was comparable to him during his lifetime (1 Kings 3:13).

On the other hand, the Bible contains numerous accounts of faithful worshipers of God who were poor. Surely, God was not punishing those poor faithful servants through poverty, while blessing others with prosperity. What, then, was God’s purpose in bestowing riches in some cases?
The answers vary depending on the circumstances. The central point is that if God made all the people who serve him become rich, the two sides, that is, those who follow God and those who do not follow him would be reversed; not to mention all the other reasons why God decides to make some people become rich rather than others. God might enrich a person who serves him to test his faith, to see if he continues to be faithful to him even having wealth. Sometimes it may be due to the fact that those people who become rich donate generously and also do other works that please God, so as to receive riches even in higher quantities, becoming ever richer (Proverbs 11:24), etc.. God tested the faith of Solomon in a dream asking him what he would like to be given; Solomon asked for an understanding mind instead of long life or riches or the life of his enemies. This pleased God and in addition to having given him discernment for himself to understand justice, he gave him what he had not asked for, that is riches and honor (1 Kings 3:5-13). It is clear that God rewards those who do good works such as giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). But this does not mean that the people who follow God and who are rich are all more loved by him than those who follow him and who are poor, since so many variables can take over: God decides according to his plans. In the case of the rich who do not follow God with respect to the poor who follow him, it is precisely the encounter (Luke 16:19-30), therefore it is not possible that rich people who do not follow God are more loved by him than the poor ones who follow him. Furthermore, it is obvious that it's not a blessing if one becomes rich using illegality.

How God blesses us

Jesus taught his followers to have a healthy attitude toward money when he told them to “stop being anxious” about possessions. He reasoned with them that not even Solomon in all his glory was dressed as well as the lilies of the field. Yet, Jesus said: “If, now, God thus clothes the vegetation of the field... will he not much rather clothe you, you with little faith?” Jesus assured Christians that if his followers would seek first the Kingdom and God’s righteousness, then food, clothing, and shelter would be added to them. (Matthew 6:25-33) How is that promise fulfilled?

When followed, the Bible’s counsel results especially in spiritual blessings (Proverbs 10:22). However, it brings other benefits. For example, God’s Word instructs Christians: “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (Ephesians 4:28). It also states that: “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4). Honest, hardworking believers who follow this advice are often preferred as employees. This can be a blessing.

The Bible also teaches Christians to avoid the greedy pastime of gambling, the defiling practice of smoking, and the debilitating habit of drunkenness. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:5) Those who follow this advice find their expenditures reduced and their health improved.

More valuable than silver or gold

Still, material prosperity cannot be relied upon as a sole indicator of God’s approval and blessing. For example, Jesus exposed the spiritually poor condition of some Christians in Laodicea when he told them: “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). Conversely, to the materially poor but spiritually healthy Christians in Smyrna, Jesus said: “‘I know your affliction and poverty (but you are rich), and the slander of those who call themselves Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9). Even if those believers were materially poor, they possessed riches far more valuable than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1; Hebrews 10:34).

God blesses the efforts of those who strive to do his will (Psalm 1:2-3). He provides them with the strength and the resources to cope with trials, to provide for their families, and to seek first his Kingdom. (Psalm 37:25; Matthew 6:31-33; Philippians 4:12-13) Hence, rather than viewing material things as God’s main blessing, true Christians strive to be “rich in fine works.” By developing a close relationship with the Creator, Christians “store up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life”? (1 Timothy 6:17-19; Mark 12:42-44).

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Is the rock in Matthew 16:18 Jesus or Peter?

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)


and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4)

let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. (Acts 4:10-11)


For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)

Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the LORD, says: “Look, I am laying a stone in Zion, an approved stone, set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. The one who maintains his faith will not panic. (Isaiah 28:16)

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. (Matthew 7:24)


because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:20-21)


you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)

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