Scripture is clear that poverty is not the will of God for the believer.
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Here Jesus is saying if you LEAVE things for Him, you’ll RECEIVE things from Him, IN THE HERE AND NOW, not just in the sweet-by-and-by!
But wait…there’s more!
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
Jesus had a house…that he was proud of (Come and see – admittedly, this is an inference but you don’t say “come and see” regarding another man’s house)
We’re not done…
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
Here are two references to a treasury (the bag). You don’t need a treasury if you’re a poor, itinerant minister!
Need more proof?
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
Here God shows his intent to place material wealth at the hands of Adam
Here’s the kicker…
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Here Paul says ALL things. You CANNOT abound to every good work if you’re broke!
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause:
yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
The Lord DELIGHTS (has pleasure in) the prosperity of His servant! You’d have to pay someone to misunderstand this!
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)