How can I get rich?
When it comes to getting rich, many people are advised to do whatever it takes to get what they want. Instead of patiently handling their affairs with integrity, they hastily overcome obstacles with deceit and corruption in an effort to gain wealth and social status. In their determination to fulfill selfish goals, they often disregard wise counsel and neglect key relationships.
Along this path, many people are hurt, including the individual who is focused on getting rich. Due to selfish motives, he will take advantage of others and eventually find himself in a miserable position. Some of the following situations often develop:
- Spouse and children react
- Investments go bad
- Health problems develop
- Get-rich-quick schemes fail
- Children rebel
- Finances collapse
- Marriage and family collapse
These reproofs of life are meant to turn one back to God’s way of life. In Proverbs 1:23–33 we are warned with these words:
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
The riches of this earth are fleeting; that is, they are temporary. The accumulation of wealth is not worth the “cost” of destroyed relationships or disobedience of God’s laws. God points us toward what is truly valuable and eternal: a relationship with Him, rich relationships with others, the power of His Word, and invisible treasures such as love, faith, hope, and a clean conscience.
We are not to set our hearts on riches, but rather we are to set our hearts on God. When talking about the physical needs of life, Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
God has promised to provide for our basic needs (see Philippians 4:19), and we should concentrate on storing up eternal riches in heaven through obedience to Him. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).
As we obey God’s Word and honor Him in our decisions and actions, He brings riches without sorrow. “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).
This material was adapted from page 45 of the Men’s Manual, Volume II.