The blessing of the LORD – it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it]. -Proverbs 10:22 (AMPC)
Ever had a financial situation where you felt like the only way to pay the bills was to work extra hours or take a second job? Maybe you thought about taking out a loan to pay the mortgage. It sounds good in the moment and it may alleviate the pressure but when the next month comes, you’re right back where you started. Why? Because toiling does not bring increase. Toiling is under the curse and the enemy knows it.
God created this world to operate in increase. It’s built into the laws of nature and is established on the believer’s “most holy faith” as Jude 1:20 puts it.
Through giving, His system turns the tables on deficiency. While it may not feel like it, as a believer you have unlimited resources founded on God’s Word.
Deuteronomy 28:13 states that God “will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath...”
I remember God speaking to me one day while I was walking through the hallways observing people working in their cubicles. He asked me, “Do you want to know why I make you the head?”
“Yes,” I said.
“Everyone here could be the head. It’s not because you’re special. It’s because you put me first.”
He taught me something very important that day. You can work hard, have position and power and still be the tail.
The enemy would like to make you feel forced to live under the oppression of toil—late nights, overtime, pay cuts. The good news is that God empowers you to operate in His economy, relying on Him as your source of increase. Next time you feel burdened under the weight of financial lack—the moment you feel like there’s no way out—stop and pray. Really give it some time for God to speak. God always has better ways that do not involve toil. His BLESSING truly makes rich and He adds no sorrow to it.
Declare the Word:
Thank You LORD, that I am not a slave to my work. Instead, You make me the head as I continually put you first place in my life. I refuse to toil, knowing that it does not lead to increase. Rather, I rejoice in the BLESSING of the LORD and lean on You to supply all my need; not according to my deficiency but according to Your riches in glory!