“Lord, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you. So let me bring you this complaint: Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why are evil people so happy?” Jeremiah 12:1 NLT
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.” 1 Timothy 6:17-18
Why is that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Why do poor people wrap around convenient stores hoping to win the $2 billion lottery while billionaires get rich off of slave labor from the poor?
Dr. King said in his book, “Where Do We Go from Here?” that the civil rights movement helped to slow the beatings the poor were taking through the support of white liberals but they left poor blacks on the ground bleeding economically. True justice requires the price of economic equity.
The prophet Jeremiah wanted to know why the wicked continued to prosper while the righteous languished in poverty.
Being rich doesn’t make you evil, but rather the love of money is the root of all evil. When money becomes our god then people’s lives become expendable.
Oftentimes people I love asking the question, “What would you do if you hit the $2 billion dollar lottery?” People often talk about how generous they would be in helping others. But the question should be what are we doing with what we already have? Even those of us who struggle financially are far better off than the majority of people in developing countries.
Here’s what the apostle Paul told his young protege Timothy’s congregants:
- Don’t trust in your money. It’s too unreliable. When money is at the center of our motives it makes our values uncertain. Jesus said it best, “Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you!”
- Put your trust in God who gives us all we need for our enjoyment. This is so true! When we trust in God and do right by people, God gives us all we need. It’s amazing that most people who win the lottery end up broke again, but when you trust in God he sustains you throughout your life.
- We should be rich in good works and always generous to those in need. Jay-Z said, “I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them.” There is truth in that but on the other side of the coin if you never help the poor you are one of them. You are impoverished in your soul. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? You are empty because your life is only about you. When we help the poor God pays us back. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Thank you for letting me hit something greater than the lottery. I got a lot when I gave my life to Jesus. I’ve received life and life more abundantly. Show us where our true riches are stored. Show us Father that when we help the least of these that it’s like storing up treasure in heaven where neither thieves steal, moths eat, nor rust destroys. I am rich because you are my provider and you will supply all my needs according to your riches in glory.
In Jesus’ Name,