Deuteronomy 8:18 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.
Proverb 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
Wisdom is often defined as the ability to solve a problem or meet a need. It is insight, light, or something that dawns on you (something you see or hear inside) that gives you a practical solution or action to take. Proverb 8:12 adds to what wisdom is when it comes to us as “… it gives knowledge of a witty invention.” One translation of a witty invention describes it as an idea. I like to call ideas as “the wisdom of God coming to you in a thought, mental concept, image, or notion divinely inspired by God to solve a problem, or to create a product or service to meet a need. Since God doesn’t always just give us wealth but rather the power (means) to get wealth, very often the power to get wealth is in the ideas He gives us. When praying for increase of wealth for family needs, kingdom purposes, or helping the poor don’t ignore the ideas that come to you.
Ideas created and control much of the business world we live in. Everything humans have discovered, made, or invented started as an idea or was preceded by an idea. Political leaders have used the suppression of ideas to hold people in bondage. Joseph Stalin, the Russian communist leader responsible for the death of what some say over 40 million people, said that, “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns so why should we let them have ideas.” On the positive side recognition of a God inspired idea can provide a lifetime of income and seed for sowing. Ideas can bring knowledge of inventions, improvements, and innovations.
1. Invention – A new finding, discovery, or device that is novel, useful, non-obvious to a person in the same field of use (makes someone say, “Why didn’t I think of that”) and can be proven on paper to work.
2. Improvement – Making something better; an increase in value or excellence of the quality of a product, service, or process; a more profitable use of something already in existence.
3. Innovation – Advancement in a custom, method, or device; a change in the way of doing things.
Good ideas are common but what is uncommon are people who will work hard enough to bring them into being. Often the difference between a successful person and one who fails is not that one has a better idea or more ability but often it is because of the courage to take calculated risks and act on their ideas. Wealth often comes from ideas plus energy. Job 32:8 says, “Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” Our spirit is where the wisdom of God resides and can flow to give us ideas that lead to increasing our wealth. Maybe we should tap into the tremendous creativity within the human spirit by spending time praying and listening for ideas.