How many times have you heard this said?
God is always blamed for the starving and suffering, but…
“The earth He has given to the sons of men” (Psalm 119:16).
“You have appointed Him over the work of Your hands” (Hebrews 2:7).
And if God hadn’t created us with choice, He would be called a ‘bully’.
I am not against wealth. I am not a socialist, and I do not suffer with envy or jealousy.
So I am not referring here to anyone with a nice home, even two vehicles, a holiday home, a swimming pool, cruises, or having savings in the bank. There is nothing wrong with anyone who has looked after their earnings, or invested wisely (as in the parable of the talents Matthew 25:14-21) to enjoy a comfortable retirement and to be able to leave something for their children – if all earned honestly that is.
I’ve had the privilege of staying in some luxurious homes and enjoyed their shared blessing. I could never envy another’s blessing as it would be like accusing God of wrongdoing for blessing someone! “He did not delight in blessing so it was far from him” (Psalm 109:17).
What I am talking about is wealth so vast, it is beyond anyone’s imagination: multi-billionaires with secret bank accounts all over the world, who could supply clean water for all the poor countries in the world, and not even feel the pinch. They see the same desperate images of poverty we all see via media.
God must be saying, ‘Why don’t they do something!?
We see celebrities, and entrepreneurs, raising money for a cause to appear ‘charitable’ while they themselves could give what a charity could only dream of raising. But they are so gripped by the ‘love of money’ they organise fund-raising events so that the cash comes from the pockets of ordinary people as long as it doesn’t come from their multi-billon pocket.
Can you hear God saying, ‘Why don’t they do something?’
I know of celebrities who travel to Romania and India to choose for themselves, the best long tresses to buy from destitute mothers for their hair extensions, yet they could give these poor mothers the money to feed their children and let them keep their hair. Why don’t they? Because they cannot even think that way. Their mindset is to get something in return, “Is it not the rich who oppress you” (James 2:6).
What about a pet dog that has an entire suite of rooms in the most expensive hotel on the planet with a £10,000 diamond stud dog collar, and the dog’s permanently employed maid.
What about a pair of bespoke trainers studded with diamonds that are albut priceless.
What about a real functioning bespoke bicycle made of solid gold.
What about babies and children in China who sleep on stone cold hard floors with barely enough to eat, when it is a fact that there are Chinese multi-billionaires from those very areas, yet these children’s plight continues.
Is it any wonder that the Lord said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven” (Matthew 19:24). Why is that? It’s because the rich are so focused on making another billion they don’t have time to think of anything else let alone ‘serve’ anything else, “You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24).
God put mankind in charge of the earth, but gave some the means to get wealth to relieve suffering (Deuteronomy 8:18). Job passed the test in flying colours with his vast wealth, “I delivered the poor. And the orphan” (Job 19:12).
So be ready when you hear someone say ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ to tell them that God gave some the power to get wealth for them to do it.
It is the ordinary, unknown, in this world who are the most generous and who meet the needs of many, and they are the ones who will reap an everlasting reward, “God is not unjust so as to forget your labour of love you have shown towards His name” (Proverbs 21:26).
Be grateful today if you aren’t mega-rich! Why? Then you won’t have to give an account of what you didn’t do with it! And if you don’t have as much as you would like, it could be that God wants to keep you! Extreme wealth does funny and unexpected things to people and God has lost some of His best through it. Don’t even ‘crave’ riches as craving does the same! “Some by LONGING for it have wandered far away from the faith” (Proverbs 28:6). “I spoke to you in your prosperity; But you said ‘I will not listen'” (Jeremiah 22:21).
We often hear that if a Christian is poor or doesn’t have much, they are either a failure or not very spiritual. But no matter who it may be, preaching such a message, many Scriptures prove, that nothing could be further from the truth. John Bunyan said: ‘The poor man that loves Christ is richer than the greatest man on earth’.
Jesus suffered on the cross to save our soul, not to make everybody rich!
“God chose the poor of this world to be rich in faith” (James 2:5).
“Better is a little of the righteous than the abundance of the wicked” (Psalm 37;16)
A FAT soul is already rich!
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God bless you.
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