Oil is an energy form that is limited, but we find we can develop new sources like the wind and the sun that are not limited. Somehow we are no longer limited to the use of telephone wires for communication. No…we found something better like fiber optics which is an improvement and then wireless technology which is a greater improvement. New technologies speak to the creativity and glory of God. Dennis Peacocke has studied the Biblical worldview and has some profound thoughts in this area.
Poverty is rooted in the rejection of Christianity, its view of reality, and it discipline. Without the foundations of the biblical worldview, society’s attempts to alleviate poverty are doomed….Poverty is a spiritual problem more than an economic one. Paganism produces poverty; obedience to God’s covenant produces wealth.
People who do not live in a covenant with their Creator will not invest in the future, because it is too unpredictable. Instead, they will live in constant fear of the future. That is why free enterprise systems flourish only where the biblical worldview flourishes. Prosperity comes to societies where people invest current resources in the future; and this best happens when people trust the faithfulness (predictability) of a covenant-keeping God who promises to reward your investment if you invest, work hard and obey Him.3
Is living paycheck to paycheck God’s will? We will take more time on this question in later blogs, but for now, be convinced that God wants you to advance. Sometimes when I teach on advancing, people will misunderstand and say, “Oh, I’ll have to get a second job to become more prosperous.” This is not it. God might have a better job for you, but it does not mean working twice or three times as hard.
It is a waste to think small, sit still, do nothing, not invest, go nowhere and refuse to enjoy life. A prosperous soul acts, gives, blesses, goes, enjoys life and receives it all as from God! To live life just to pay your bills is to live a life of selfish underachieving.