It is with great joy that I end the sequel to these series of questions . It’s been an exciting period of learning and understanding more of the scriptures. I know it seems like I was helping you learn but trust me when i tell you it was a learning process for me. I had to dig deeper to answer questions I had raised earlier and I’m happy with the responses so far. So the final question is Why do we have the poor and rich? Coincidentally I was reading a writeup I made about something related to this a few years ago, before I had any idea this would be coming up, I’d share a few lines.
Some are rich, some are poor, others are in between
Some seem to have it all and others have nothing, or barely anything
When I was younger,I used to wonder at the unfairness of situations, why couldn’t it be a fair world
As I grew older, the thoughts still plagued me but they became mature, on my way back from school in the early days of Uni, I would compare the living conditions of the villages we passed through until we got to Lagos. I’d thank God for where I was but I couldn’t push out the thoughts of the little children hawking to make ends meet. It’s not just in developing countries like ours but you have this distinction in developed countries also and this got me thinking.
God did not choose for some to be rich or others poor, lest we cast the blame on him. I have read books on the principles of the rich and how they work smart, make the right decisions, see opportunities and maximise them while the poor do not, this can be backed up by scriptures
Proverbs 28:19 Those who work their land will have abundant food but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty
Proverbs 23:21 For drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags
Matthew 25:14-30 is about wise investments
Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty,but diligent hands bring wealth
God desires that we become wealthy, he wants to bring us to the land flowing with milk and honey, he doesn’t want to watch us suffer in lack, he wants us to have surplus and , live in abundance.
If only we would just key to his guidance on these things we have laid our hands on, the other end of the spectrum is not his desire according to Jeremiah 29:11 .
However some people lack, not because they have not done anything right and I don’t have an explanation for that. People talk about how being wealthy is a proof of sufficient faith in God and poverty is when people lack faith, it’s not absolutely true because both ungodly and the godly became rich and poor.Proverbs 22:2 says The rich and poor have this in common,the Lord is the maker of them all.
To answer the question, I believe God did not choose some to live in affluence and others to live barely. I came to the conclusion that even though I couldn’t find the exact answer to why there are always two sides to life, I was determined to play my part in order to make a difference .
It may seem like you have little or you cannot touch everyone but the little you have can reach out to them in their need which is more than enough to change something. So instead of thinking about the unfairness of life, put your own quota to it and see things change around you, who knows , it could bridge the divide and bring the change we desire.