Observations about the Rich and Poor
Posted: Monday, April 16
Verse of the day:
Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor. ( Proverbs 13:7 NLT)
Few people are more qualified to speak on the pros and cons of wealth than Solomon. In this proverb he makes observations about the rich and poor that are as true today as when they were written thousands of years ago.
First, he says some who are poor pretend to be rich.
Who among us hasn’t thought at some point ‘if I just had more money that would solve my problems’?
Or who of us hasn’t thought of buying a lottery ticket when the jackpot approaches 500 million dollars?
The recurring themes of those who win the lottery or inherit large sums of money are dysfunction, misery and tragedy. Many of these people actually end up in a worse financial state declaring bankruptcy and losing everything because the more money they got, the more they wanted. The distribution of inheritances has caused many families to fracture. At other times with more money there comes more temptation. When you have great wealth but you don’t have a relationship with Christ you are actually poor.
On the converse, there are many in the world who are materially poor yet they have a relationship Christ. Such a person is rich in terms of what really matters for eternity. A few weeks ago I traveled with my dad to Cuba to visit the Bible college our church helped plant. One of the courses being taught was on creating financial goals for your family. One pastor who was studying raised his hand and said his financial goal was to buy a towel for his child. These pastors make $20 a month. Yes, they are poor in the world’s eyes but they have the Holy Spirit in them and eternal life ahead. Don’t let appearances deceive you; they are rich.
The Jubilee Bible 2000 translates Proverbs 13:7 as follows…
There are those that make themselves rich, yet have nothing: there are those that make themselves poor, yet have great riches.