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Does it ever seem to you that God blesses some people more than others? Why is that a few folks are rich, but most people are poor? Does God have favorites?

The American dream usually goes like this: Graduate from college to get a good-paying job. Then, find the love of your life, buy a house (if you haven’t already) and have some kids. It’s also noble when you teach your kids to follow the same cycle. Why does it appear that God blesses some people’s lives to follow this seemingly successful path, while others struggle to advance in life?

The following is a simple answer. We place too much of the responsibility on God. Just because God is all-powerful doesn’t mean He does everything. He does not. There are some tasks we’re responsible for completing to better our lives.

Did you know that God doesn’t give us wealth? Let’s look at what Scripture says. Deuteronomy 8:18 declares, "But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day."

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God doesn’t distribute wealth because His responsibility is to give us the power to get the wealth ourselves. Well, then, how can we get the power and afterward, the wealth? Almost every human being of significant age can do something that can cause them to be wealthy. If we don’t know what that skill-set or gifting is, we should ask our Maker to tell us what He gave us when He made us. Most people ask God for things, but it is more beneficial to ask God what can we do to get the things we need. God often uses unique situations to bring about tremendous blessings for us. Ask Him. Trust His answer, and do whatever He instructs.

Another relatable scripture is Joshua 1:8, which says, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Please note that wealth, prosperity and success are defined differently by different people. We must ask God to reveal what He has for us. Only then will we know what to expect our level of wealth to be.

When we do what God commands, the verses above unveil that we are the ones who will make our way prosperous and we will ultimately have good success. Yes, it takes discipline to obey God faithfully. It also takes discipline to become successful in life, and no matter what you ever hear or see, please know that the only true success is obeying God.

If we obey God occasionally, we’re not promised wealth, prosperity or success. We may get by not being faithful to God, but we won’t get away with being unfaithful to Him. Let’s not measure success by our possessions, but rather by how well we obey God and reap the rewards for serving Him well.

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Dr. Shane Wall is the senior pastor of The Feast of the Lord in Orangeburg.

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