Can you be Both Wealthy and Godly? (Job 1:1-5)

Rev.Dr. Peterson WangómbeRev.Dr. Peterson Wangómbe, July 10, 2016
Part of the Empowered For Giving series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service

Bible Study

Can you be Both Wealthy and Godly?

Job is known mainly for his suffering. In a terrible calamity in
what seemed like a conspiracy of evil, Job lost all his
Children in one day. All his flocks, all his status, his esteem
and his health disappeared. But this sad story often
overshadows the picture of the man before these disasters
befell him. The first five verses of his book describe a man
who is well to do but also a godly man. This balance is
difficult to find. In fact in some Christian circles, and espe-
cially because some preachers have abused the pulpit in this
area, there are people who question whether wealth and
Christianity can go together. In this study, we shall discuss
these matters.

Read Job 1:1-5

1. From these verses, describe the social, economic, spiritual
and family status of Job. Try to speculate on his wealth. If he
were to sell all his flocks today, what do you think would be
his net worth?

2. Read Genesis 13:2; Genesis 24:35; Genesis 26: 13 and
Deuteronomy 8:18. From these verses, where does genuine
wealth come from?

3. Read Matthew 6:24; 1 Timothy 3:3; Matthew 19:23-24;
James 2:5-6. Why does it seem to be so difficult to be both
rich and wealthy? How do we keep a balance?

4. Job was both wealthy and devout. From your general
knowledge of the Bible, mention at least two people from the
Old Testament and two from the New Testament who were
both wealthy and Godly. What three lessons can we learn
from them?

Memory verse
Deuteronomy 8:17-18
You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my
hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember
the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to
produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he
swore to your forefathers, as it is today.


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