Poverty the Blessing & the Prosperity Curse
NASB Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword, From men with Your hand, O LORD, From men of the world, whose portion is in this life,
And whose belly You fill with Your treasure;
NET Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man! Lord, use your power to deliver me from these murderers, from the murderers of this world!
They enjoy prosperity; you overwhelm them with the riches they desire.
If you never read it anywhere else, you can read it here. Prosperity and the riches of this world are a curse, not a blessing.
Some of that sounds good: to have your belly full of treasure, to have all of the riches you desire, but the context is worldly men or murderers, not the blessed.
This fits along with 1 Timothy 6:9
Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
It is so crazy how we are ripped off every day to the point that we think it is totally normal to constantly covet and wish for stuff!
Jesus was right on when He said
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. (Matthew 6:24 NASB)
Even in christendom we make jokes about being afraid God will send us to Kookamunga. More and more I’m thinking that more of us would be better off if He did! How pure and attractive our devotion to God would be if it were coupled with poverty!
Ooh Ooh! What if the goal of all of this Christian financial money management stuff was to train and equip yourself to live in poverty in spite of your income! Wow. May God help me with this stuff.
<<Written on my dual core i7 MacBook Pro>>