I created a new page on my blog that reflects a focus I give in my prayers. Certain individuals are blessed with unimaginable wealth and I pray that they will use it to help others.
The Psalmist offered needed perspective on wealth when he prayed,
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.”
(I Chronicles 29:11-12)
It’s a great tragedy when, “God gives some people great wealth and honor and everything they could ever want, but then he doesn’t give them the chance to enjoy these things. They die, and someone else, even a stranger, ends up enjoying their wealth! This is meaningless—a sickening tragedy” (Ecclesiastes 6:2).
One of the best ways to enjoy wealth is to be generous with it. The Apostle Paul gave specific orders to the young pastor Timothy to:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (I Timothy 6:17-19).
Obviously, I would never presume to exhort any of the billionaires as they are not entrusted to my charge. But I pray for them to be generous and to know the joy of sharing with those in need. Many of them have been very generous and I am grateful for their benevolence.
I pray also that those who are wealthy will to gain perspective that reaches beyond this life.