Are you allowed to be rich? Does God approve of you having worldly possessions? A good place to find these answers is in the Bible. In the Word of God, God reveals His heart regarding money and prosperity through what He directly says about money, but also through the examples seen throughout the Old and New Testaments. 

God shows us a pattern of Him wanting His people to prosper through the example of Abraham, who was rich in cattle, silver and gold (Genesis 13:2); Isaac, who was so wealthy that the Philistines envied him (Genesis 26:13-14); Solomon, who had so much money that silver became as common as stones in Jerusalem (1 Kings 10:27) and Job, who was the wealthiest man in the East (Job 1:3) and to whom God restored double what he lost after his trials (Job 42:12).

You may be thinking, “These are all Old Testament Hebrew men; how can I, in the New Testament, be wealthy?” Then let us take a look at the writings of the Apostle Paul: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9, NKJV)

Part of our redemption from the curse in Jesus is to be wealthy – to be rich. God wants His children to prosper. That is why Psalm 35:27 says that the Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. It is why the Apostle John writes in 3 John 2:2, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” It is why Proverbs 10:22 says that the blessing of the Lord makes you rich and adds no sorrow with it.

God is not against wealth – it is included in His blessings toward us. The thing that God is against is the love of money, coveting money and where you serve the god of money rather than God Himself.