Asset Protection In The Bible
Is the concept of asset protection discussed in the Bible? Does God really want us to protect the wealth he has entrusted to us? These are some good questions. The Bible does speak about money and being a good steward of it and even seems to encourage investment risk, but what about asset protection or wealth protection?
In the Bible the money used was gold and silver, so the currency value was protected by having intrinsic value and not the value of the hot air of politicians which is true today of the paper currencies that dominate most of the world. So the currency during the time when the books of the Bible were written had built in asset protection by being real money consisting of gold and silver that gave the money intrinsic value.
We also see asset protection and wealth accumulation take place under Joseph. This man helped the country (Egypt) he was living in to accumulate wealth in the form of grain and protect it in asset protection storage facilities called granaries where it was stored for the time of famine that would come upon the civilized world seven years later.
This was wealth protection on a national level and was not personal wealth protection.
I have also found a couple of places in the Bible where asset protection is very clearly implied. One is found in the Book of Proverbs, and the other in the Book of Judges. I am sure there must be more and if more are discovered then those insights will be added to this page. So please come back here again for any updates to this page.
In the Book of Judges chapter six, we are presented with the story of Gideon who was raised up to be a military leader in Israel. Unfortunately poor old Gideon is often talked about negatively by poorly trained preachers who simply repeat the mantra that preachers before them have given to them. They make Gideon look like a coward.
Gideon was not a coward. The Bible does not explicitly say he was fearful, but yet poorly trained preachers read too much into the Biblical text. I even heard one preacher say: Gideon was shaking in his boots at the time when the Angel of the Lord approached him. The Bible does not say that. Let us look at the real story of Gideon.
The Israelites were being oppressed by the Midianites, a foreign invader, and the text says that "because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds." ( Judges 6:2 - NIV ) This strategy was wise on the part of the Israelites. Proverbs even encourages it.
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty." (Proverbs 27:12 - New International Version) The Israelites were practicing asset protection by protecting their very lives from the evil Midianites. If they had not acted in this way, they would have been the unwise who do nothing and suffer for it.
Gideon was also acting prudently and in a sense was practicing asset protection by turning a wine press into a place of safety for the grain he was threshing. Grain was one of the only assets Gideon had and instead of being unwise and threshing it out in the open where the Midianites could see what he was doing and take the grain away from him, Gideon was acting prudently by hiding himself and the grain he was threshing.
The angel who approached Gideon commended Gideon by calling him a mighty warrior. The angel could see that Gideon was wise in threshing out the grain in a strategic place that was hidden from the Midianites. This strategic heart is fitting for God's warrior. So the angel called forth the best in Gideon by telling him: “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” ( Judges 6:12b - New International Version )
To be continued.....