RICH OR POOR
Mankind is struggling – to say the least or to put it mildly.
Those who are set on a course of money-making find solace if each deal is going well, or many are purchasing their product.
They are happy with the success that brings a monetary reward.
The Bible says (amongst many) – two things worth mentioning:
If riches increase,
Do not set your heart on them.
I Timothy 6/
17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share…
Notice the heart is set on riches, and therefore they are trusting in riches – this gives solace and a sense of ‘all is well’ drawn from their success, measured by monetary increase.
Struck down by a virus might shake their confidence.
A strange virus comes along – and things are not working out as lucratively for many reasons. Now that person or persons is suddenly programmed to be not doing so well.
We all live for various things that seem to make life and living worthwhile.
A lot of these things are good and wholesome and many are not.
I pulled riches out of the hat as only one example of what brings satisfaction to many.
We learn from scripture that it is not riches that can cause problems – it is the love of them.
I Timothy 6/
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Riches are uncertain in an uncertain world, and cannot provide ultimate contentment all the way to the grave, where they end.
…godliness with contentment is great gain.
So putting these points together we have – those who trust in money, set their hearts and minds on it above other things, and all their affection (love) is reserved for all things monetary.
Now it’s all very well to point out these ‘financial trespasses’ but if you do not know where your next meal is coming from, or you are about to be evicted from your home because of financial difficulties – suddenly money becomes a preoccupation.
It does not pre-occupy your heart and mind because you have plenty of it – but rather because you have next to none. Survival therefore becomes your priority, and no doubt that of your family.
So for entirely different reasons the heart is set on finance.
Don’t set your heart on riches or finance is justifiably an exhortation to those who are greedy and who will not lift a finger to help the less fortunate.
But what of those who have very little money?
Well, difficult, in such circumstances, as it may seem – setting our minds and hearts on The Living God in the Person of The Lord Jesus Christ – is an anchor for the soul.
So that regardless of what befalls us – we open the door to God’s deliverance as we trust in Him.
For the rich or poor – the call of God is the same –
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
God will not forsake those who trust in Him – even though it takes a lot to stay focussed during lean times.
But we are told that keeping our soul healthy before God through faith in Jesus the Saviour, will give God the opportunity to work in His own mysterious way, to prosper us according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.
3 John 1-3
To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.