1 Kings 3:3-13
3 And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
King Solomon asked God for understanding, and God gave him wisdom and understanding, and that which he did not ask for, but, was already rightfully his according to the "Abraham Covenant":"Extreme Wealth!", which God had already sworn to his forefathers. Solomon not only had wisdom and understanding, but, now, he had the wealth to go along with it! He was so wealthy that there would be no King before him or after him who would be equal to him in wealth, wisdom, and understanding. So, if God did not want his people wealthy, why would he give Solomon unprecedented wealth?
Here is what The King said about wealth:
4 He becomes poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.(Obviously, lazy and slothful people, Christians or not will not be diligent to maintain their wealth, even once they received it).
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.(Poverty is a curse and destroys! Definitely not God's will. It doesn't matter who takes a "vow of poverty.")
22 The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.(Irrefutable evidence that God's blessing makes one rich! He would know!)
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses instruction: but he that regards reproof shall be honored.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
12 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.
19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things.
Speaking of wisdom, listen to what Wisdom declares what the results are for seeking her:
13 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
What God wants everyone to know is when we pursue Wisdom, she not only produces wisdom and understanding, but, the fruits of wealth to accompany them.This is why when King Solomon asked for Wisdom, part of the Wisdom package was riches and wealth, and this is why God gave it to him!
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.
Wealth without wisdom will eventually lead to destruction. Hear the wise man:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.(From athletes, business moguls, movie stars, we see and hear it over and over...truly, the the prosperity of fools shall destroy them!).
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
Irrefutable evidence that God wants his people abundant, rich, and wealthy, but, He won't force it on you if you don't believe and are walking, standing, sitting, and are hanging out with the "Anti-Prospertity" Cult and their followers(Psalm 1:1-3)!
Don't complain about the economy, the President, the politics, when God has made it abundantly clear his SOVEREIGN will on this matter. It doesn't matter how many ministers destroy their ministries by misappropriating money. People's experiences do not change and invalidate the WORD OF GOD(PSALM 138:1-2, 118:89).
How many lottery winners go broke and lose their money in a matter of years, yet, people still play the lottery! Why doesn't the lottery shut its doors because of the reckless behavior of the lottery winners?
It's not on the lottery! It's on the decisions of the winners. Same principle with God's Wealth Covenant. You can't blame money! Money is neutral. We give power to money by how we use it. Instead, many people let money use them! If a person is a drug addict with little money, big money will only magnify who they already are, but, it's still their decision!
The issue is already settled with God. Is it settled with you? You will not experience God's Covenant Of Wealth if you are in disagreement with God!
3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou might be justified in thy sayings, and might overcome when thou art judged.