Wealth and wisdom seldom go hand in hand, but scripture offers wise instruction for the wealthy in God’s family.   Here are three of those timeless principles.

Remember who gives you the ability to create wealth.

These are the words Moses used to warn God’s people as they prepared to enter the promised land:

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 ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:17-18

Don’t put your confidence in wealth.  Put your hope in God.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. I Timothy 6:17

Live life with an eternal perspective.

Command them (those who are rich in this present world) to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. I Timothy 6:18-19

Definitions of “wealthy” may vary, but these scriptures are valuable reminders no matter where we fall on the wealth continuum.