Ancient wisdom for creating wealth is right in front of our noses all the time. One ancient text, the Bible, has a straightforward formula for you to get paid. We’re going through this formula on this blog, so be sure to bookmark this page or share with your friends with the social bookmarking links at the bottom of this page.
As we discussed before, the secret key to creating wealth is getting wisdom. Over and over again, the bible pounds this theme home for all people. If you ask me, it is the one key that explains why there are many non-Christians that are wealthy, and why most Christians are poor. They are just wiser.
What does the ancient wisdom called the bible have say about how you go about getting “wisdom”?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; Psalm 111:10 (NIV)
That’s strange. How does “fear” lead to one getting wisdom?
I think it is a simple answer. Wisdom is looking ahead at the results of your decisions, and choosing the one that will yield the best results. But the word “best” implies that there is a “worse” result too. I think we should have some fear that we are choosing the correct option and not the one that will lead to worse things. That way we’ll take more time and consider the choices with more seriousness.
Decisions have consequences. In today’s society, where everyone around us seems to be getting a bailout, most people don’t think that decisions they make carry any negative aspects to them.
Too many people make decisions based on incomplete information, and hope for the best.
Why “Fear the LORD?”
It does remind me of the movie “Bruce Almighty” starring Jim Carey as “Bruce” and Morgan Freeman as “God.” In the movie, the skeptical Bruce shakes his fist in the air, and says something to the effect: “Smite me, O Mighty Smiter.”
If you’re not a Christian, I can understand your skepticism about a deity that is ready to smite you. We rarely see a natural event that we can’t explain scientifically. And you’re probably right.
But like in the movie, there are consequences to violating the laws that are in place, even those that are considered supernatural.
Late in the movie, Bruce is run over by a truck; and as he’s standing in heaven, God says to him: “You can’t kneel down in the middle of a highway and live to talk about it, son.”
There are always consequences.
There is good news though, that I’m eager to share with you. A few verses later in the bible, we find two promise that are very uplifting:
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD Psalm 112:1 (NIV)
Wealth and riches are in his house, Psalm 112:3 (NIV)
That is an ancient wisdom promise that I can get my arms around. It is something to look forward to.
To recap these three verses:
- Wisdom comes out a fear of the LORD (or the laws he’s created)
- Blessing come to the man that has a fear of the LORD (wisdom)
- The blessing is the form of wealth and riches
- It is also consistent with what we said before about Wisdom being the key to creating wealth
To sum up, your decisions are the key to creating wealth. It is important that you understand how critical they are because the consequences are so huge.
If you want to learn more about how to make good decisions, then I recommend a new class being held by Dr. Kevin Hogan called “Decsion Point.” In this class you will learn the strategies that will help you make the “right” decision every time.
Imagine how your life would be different today if you always made the right decision in the past. How fat would your wallet be today? Compare that, to what it is today.
Now think how bad you’ll feel next year at this time when you remember that you didn’t take action today to learn how to make the correct decision. You’ll be in the same situation are today, but you’re only a year older.
Things can be different. Get more information about “Decision Point.” You’ll be glad you did, and so will your family.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.