A part of 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. When most of us read this verse, we usually think of temptations such as, lustful temptations or temptations to abuse drugs or alcohol. But, these temptations also include subtle temptations such as wealth.

As we see from the millions of people playing the lottery around the world, a lot of us desire to be wealthy. We would love to make a $100 million and retire at 40. But God, Who is so rich in love and knows us better than we know ourselves, will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. We may think we’ll give a few million to the church and a million to help out those in need, but God knows our inner workings. He knows we’ll be tempted to invest in an illegal trade to make more money. He knows we’ll have a boastful spirit that will turn people away from Him. He knows we’ll stop coming to church because we think we have all we need.

Let’s be clear. There’s nothing wrong with wealth. We simply need to make sure we’re spiritually mature enough to handle the responsibilities of wealth. If we desire wealth, we need to ask God to show us what we need to work on to make ourselves ready to receive wealth. Part of our spiritual maturity is to put God first and be led by the Spirit with every dollar we have now. If we’re faithful with little, He’ll make us rulers over much (Matthew 25:23).

Galatians 4:1 Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.