If your riches elicit a tinge of guilt because you met a poor person, you are the poorer in more ways than you know.
The poor will always be with you
From my life experiences with the Waodani-and other people groups in Africa, Asia and South America who live simply and materially contentedly-I have learned that it is unreasonable to evaluate their “lack” based on our distorted and exaggerated perception of need. When we try to meet phantom needs of people who live at a lower material standard than we have learned to consider “minimal,” we not only fall into a trap that keeps us from seeing their real needs but we also tempt them into a snare that can raise their perception of need beyond what their economy can support.When we project poverty on people where it doesn’t exist, we also overlook the actual poverty with which they struggle.
Godliness with contentment is great gain.We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into
many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and
love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.Some people, eager for
money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many
I love that comment Uche.
Another great and timely post Seth.
That’s a very deep comment Uche! Like it.
Newspapers over here in England are reporting that we are on the brink of another global recession. Maybe we are, maybe we aren’t. I just realised last night that if my husband dies before me but after he has started drawing his retirement pension, I will have an income of zero as I don’t have a pension at all and would lose his.
I thought at that moment of that verse in the Psalms that reads “I have never seen the righteous go hungry or their children begging for bread.” If it comes to it and we haven’t found another way around it by then, I will just have to trust God to care for what I need. I’ve done it before.
Poverty is only really an issue if you own anything because the fear of losing it becomes a strong thing. You’re right Seth – godliness with contentment is great gain. But I rather think it is not a one off thing but an attitude that needs continually checking on because, left to its own devices, it will wander off and become fearful or discontented again like a shot.
Good post, very helpful – thanks!
I really enjoyed reading your thoughts regarding this passage. I needed to ready this. Thanks.