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Who is the owner of the entire universe-God or Satan? We know that it is God. God also owns this planet earth, and all in it, as He is the Creator of it. It is written: The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1)

The silver is mine, the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:8)

Whatever riches people have are the treasures of the Lord. It is God’s riches in nature that man possesses.

Does God give riches to men? Let us see what the Bible declares: But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:18)

And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like. (2 Chronicles 1:11, 12)

Yes, God gives wealth. And when He does He blesses it too, to bring joy. The preacher wrote: Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

We need to now ask another question: Can a person become rich without the hand of God in it? Let us see what saith the Scripture: Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. (Proverbs 13:11)

Wealth can be gotten by vanity! And obviously God is not involved in vanity. Here “vanity” means without laboring. And on the other hand the writer says, “But he that gathereth by labour shall increase”.

We are all aware of how vanity money can be gotten! God wants us to work and make a living, and not to go-in for the shortcuts. There is a blessing in work. The wise man made a very interesting statement. He wrote: The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Proverbs 13:22)

It is because it was illegally gained. It was not according to the method of God. Obviously riches can be gained apart from the hand of God in it. Remember the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness? In one of the three temptations the devil talked about giving Christ the riches and wealth and all things, on a condition. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew 4:8, 9)

God, in the beginning, gave Adam and Eve the privilege of being caretakers of this planet earth. In fact He made this earth for man-for man to rule and enjoy the blessing and riches of its soil. It is written: The earth hath he given to the children of men. (Psalm 115:16)

This whole planet was given to Adam and Eve. But when they sinned they became the servants of sin. Satan claimed it now to be his. Therefore, he made that statement to Christ in the wilderness. On Calvary, Christ legally got back what Satan robbed from man. It was God’s by creation, and man sold it to Satan, and Christ purchased it back with an infinite price, and will finally give it again to the redeemed. Since Satan is still around and very much at work with all his tricks, he is alluring people to take the wrong path to prosperity and riches. He does not want people to get rich and wealthy in a just way. God has commanded man to labor for his daily bread. He told Adam: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. (Genesis 3:19)

And He tells all: Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work. (Exodus 20:9)

And Jesus said, when a man works, he deserves his due: Workman is worthy of his meat. (Matthew 10:10)

A man has to be paid. That is the rule of God. But his work has to be honest. For it is written: A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)

A person who gains riches by dishonest labor, a work that God does not approve of, a work that His Word does not approve of, is not from God. If the method of getting rich is contrary to God’s Word (false balance, lying, cheating, fraud, illegal and forbidden by the law of the land, and the law of God, see Romans 13:1-7), then that wealth is not from God. And if it is not from God, it is from the enemy of God, the devil, who offers these riches from his stolen property.

The unjust way of getting rich is called, “wages of unrighteousness” (2 Peter 2:15).

Money is a necessity but not everything. God has promised to supply all our basic needs if we trust Him. We need to ask to receive. We need to ask the owner of this planet: Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)

Some have thought money to be a curse, a hindrance to spiritual pursuit. Money is not evil in itself; it is the love of money that is the problem.

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)

God warns us not to love money, though it is a necessity. We must love God, and He will provide our needs as we labor honestly and lawfully. And even if one becomes rich by getting the means rightfully, the caution is: If riches increase, set not your heart upon them. (Psalm 62:10)

That is where many have failed. Look, for instance, at the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-22. He was losing Heaven because he clung on to his riches. It was here that Christ made the startling statement: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24)

There were many rich men who were also very rich in faith like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, King David, Job, and others. They were the richest, probably, in their times; yet they were close to God. So, if a man’s heart is fixed on God, then riches will be a blessing to him, as he blesses others with it; if not, it is a curse to him.

Wealth can come from God and also from the devil. When God gives, it is His own riches He is sharing with us, but when the devil gives, it is stolen riches! He is stealing from God’s land of treasure and exporting it to people! So watch out and check out how you get your riches; ask Him to help you if you have a problem. And ask God for wisdom as to how to use it for His glory.