“Why Are People Poor?” 4/26/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org

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Posted by Alister Begg   for   www.truthforlife.org

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DEVOTIONALS

Why Are People Poor?

Remember the poor.

Galatians 2:10

Why does God allow so many of His children to be poor? He could make them all rich if He pleased; He could lay bags of gold at their doors; He could send them a large annual income; or He could scatter around their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps around the camp of Israel and rained bread out of heaven to feed them. There is no necessity that they should be poor, except that He sees it to be best. “The cattle on a thousand hills”1 are His–He could supply them; He could make the rich, the great, and the mighty bring all their power and riches to the feet of His children, for the hearts of all men are in His control. But He does not choose to do so. He allows them to experience need; He allows them to struggle in poverty and obscurity.

Why is this? There are many reasons. One is, to give us, who are favored with enough, an opportunity of showing our love to Jesus. We show our love to Christ when we sing of Him and when we pray to Him; but if there were no needy people in the world, we should lose the sweet privilege of displaying our love by ministering by our gifts to His poorer brethren. He has ordained that in this way we should prove that our love stands not only in word, but in deed and in truth.

If we truly love Christ, we will care for those who are loved by Him. Those who are dear to Him will be dear to us. Let us then look upon it not as a duty but as a privilege to relieve the poor of the Lord’s flock, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”2Surely this assurance is sweet enough, and this motive strong enough to lead us to help others with a willing hand and a loving heart–recollecting that all we do for His people is graciously accepted by Christ as done to Himself.

1) Psalm 50:10
2) Matthew 25:40

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.

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One Response to “Why Are People Poor?” 4/26/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org

  1. But see, that is the world’s question and not a True Christians for to the world poverty equates with material things. How long will you be able to hang on to your material possessions? Sixty, maybe Eighty years? How do you know you will be able to pass them on to your children? Remember the story, (analogy) of Job. The world (the natural world) could end tomorrow!
    But — if your treasures are such as Jesus stated in Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Then we are truly wealthy indeed.
    Also don’t forget the Apostle Paul confirming Jesus’ teachings, “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:18. Yes, true wealth indeed!!!
    Give me Heaven’s treasures any day. Natural life might be a struggle, even uncomfortable, but what is a few years compared to forever and ever and ever??!!!!

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