Do you ever wonder why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? It is because life is unfair, right? The rich have advantage over the poor that you don’t know about, is that right? These are common thoughts that go through the minds of poor people every day.

And I’m sure that you noticed a common theme among get-rich-quick advertisements. They all propose to tell you the secrets of the rich people. Everyone wants to know what the rich people do so that they can try to emulate it. If you order their “secret report,” pay them your money, and do what they do, then you’ll get rich too. Right?

I’ve got a question for you. Have you been there, done that? Do you have the hole in your wallet to prove it?

I’ve got a different take on things. It comes from the bible.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that one of the keys to riches is to “get wisdom.” I’ve been trying to pound this into your brain, because according to the Bible, whenever you see wisdom, wealth is not too far behind it.

And the bible explains why do the rich get richer. In the book of Daniel, chapter 2, we find this verse:

Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said:
… “He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.”
Daniel 2:19-21 (NIV)

God gives wisdom to the wise…

Ponder that phrase. Think about it, because it does seem very strange.

Why would a person that already has wisdom need more? Wouldn’t it seem more politically correct to give wisdom to the ignorant? That would seem fairer, and I’m sure there are many people that think if you give wisdom to an ignoramus that it would raise their level of productivity and increase their value to society.

Giving wisdom to a wise person is like giving money to a rich person. That’s what I’d equate it to. And if that is true, why do it?

There must be something in addition to the ability to create wealth that wisdom does for people.

I’m sure this has to do with how a wise person will use the extra wisdom. In Daniel’s case, he seemed to understand that one of his roles in life was to protect his friends, and those that he worked with. Remember from our previous discussion that Daniel asked the commander of the guards to delay putting all the wise men to death as ordered by the king. They couldn’t tell the king what the dream was, so he ordered them to be executed. Daniel must have felt a sense of duty to protect them from that fate, even though they did not believe in the same god that he did.

One reason God may give the wise person more wisdom is to be a protector of the people around them. Daniel was a leader, and a leader has to have others to lead. Right? Without followers, a leader is a pretty useless entity.

How about you? As a wise person yourself, who are you going to help and protect with your additional wisdom? Or are you keeping your wealth just for yourself?

I for one am glad that God gives wisdom to the wise. I’ve been protected under the wing of some really wise people when I was younger; and I’m sure it has gotten me to where I am today. I still remember when I worked at a big company and laying off people by the hundreds (sounds like today’s economy, doesn’t it?). I was spared those layoffs by my supervisor, even though I wasn’t the most experienced person in the group. You may have been spared a layoff like that too.

So should I care that they got rich off my efforts? At the time, I do remember having an attitude and I thought that I wasn’t being paid enough money (the rich get richer off my hard work, after all…). But in hindsight, their protection over me has paid off for my own wealth too.

If you are not financially wealthy at this point in your life and you’re working for someone that is, my advice is not to be discouraged by the lack of money transfer to you. Right now, their protection, which you often don’t recognize, is probably more important at this point in your life. While you’re under the wing of a wise person that is getting wiser, take the time to get wisdom. And take heart; with wisdom comes wealth!

Go out and “Be Fruitful.” It is how to make money, God’s Way!

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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4 Responses to “Why Do The Rich Get Richer?”

  1. Hi Tim,

    Indeed, the rich are wise enough to know that they want to get even MORE wisdom.

    Yes, the faux wealth prod gurus who are spamming me online at Facebook, I have removed them from contacting me. I prefer real wisdom from proven sources like The Bible and actual millionaires. Excellent advice as always.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Christian Dating Expert

  2. Peggy Larson says:

    I really like these Daniel stories you tell. I was reading yet another wealth creation book the other day and that author talked about the story of Job. I’m not familiar with that story but it seems like there must be a good deal of money/wealth tips in these Bible stories.

    Never looked at the Bible from a financial viewpoint before. I think that’s why I enjoy this blog so much.

    Peggy Larson
    Quilting – Colors and Fun!

  3. Hi Tim,

    I think “He gives wisdom to the wise” because the wise, being wise, they know how to use the wisdom He gives them.

    Let’s face it, the wiser we get – usually acquired through the hard knocks of life = experience – the more we appreciate the wise people among us, and thus learn from them, and thus we, too, acquire their wisdom.

    I think wisdom is the fruit of study, careful observation, an openness to learn, experience, humility and prayer – what do you think?

    Great blog – always look forward to reading it!

    Eileen O’Neill
    A Blog called Quick Lessons To Learn English

  4. I think the rich get richer is because they have a kind of wealthy mindset.They then take action according to their mindset.I agree wisdom is critical in attaining wealth.

    Great post.I like the last sentence “go out and be fruitful”.