DID GOD CREATE ANYONE TO BE POOR?

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God’s intention for humanity is best seen through what He did for the first humans He created.

Genesis 1:2-25 confirms that God provided everything Adam and Eve would need before He created them. He supplied land, garden, plants, water, animal and only asked them to enjoy these goodies and preserve them. That means God never wanted any man to suffer lack.

By Genesis 3, Satan deceived humanity and they disobeyed and fell from grace to grass. God then cursed the land: which then makes earning a living hard.

By Genesis 4, Cain and Abel prospered (though the ground was cursed) and presented offerings to the Lord.

By Genesis 6, there was so much evil and violence that our ancestors broke God’s heart and he destroyed that generation with water, preserving only 8 people – Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives. He also preserved animals so that men can have something to eat and to use for other purposes.

Thenceforth, he called Abraham out of a wicked world and promised to bless him and his descendants. The descendants became slaves in Egypt and God rescued them after 400 years.

On their way to possess the land the Lord promised Abraham, the Lord gave them laws, statutes, and ordinances that would cause them to be holy and prosper.

In Leviticus 25:35, the Lord says “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and cannot support himself, support him as you would a foreigner or a temporary resident and allow him to live with you”. This means the Lord does not wish that any of his people be poor, but IF someone falls into poverty, he must still be taken care of. That’s amazing!

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Leviticus 25:39 says “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave”. Wow, the Lord provides special immunity for His people in poverty.

Leviticus 25:47-48 says “Suppose a foreigner or temporary resident becomes rich while living among you. If any of your fellow Israelites fall into poverty and are forced to sell themselves to such a foreigner or to a member of his family,  they still retain the right to be bought back, even after they have been purchased” This is another confirmation that God never wanted His people to be poor, and if by choice, they fall into poverty, He still has plans to redeem them.

In Mathew 26 when a woman poured a jar of beautiful alabaster perfume on Jesus’ head and the disciples thought it was a waste. They believed they could have sold the perfume and used the money to support the poor.

Even in their ignorance, they didn’t forget that God always wanted to help the poor, as He primarily never wanted anyone to be poor.

Jesus answered them and said in verses 10 to 11  “…Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me?  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me”.

Jesus acknowledged that there may always be people who would fall into poverty. Also, he told them that he won’t be around them for long (though they had not fully realized that) but the poor people will be around them always.

PROMISES OF ABUNDANCE
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today – Deuteronomy 8:18. This promise is for all, not for a selected few.

After God made human beings 1:26, he said: “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground. Gen 1:28” Surely, this is a blessing for all humans.

Blessings for Obedience: Deuteronomy 28 

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:

Your towns and your fields
 will be blessed.

Your children and your crops
 will be blessed.
The offspring of your herds and flocks
    will be blessed.

Your fruit baskets and breadboards
 will be blessed.

Wherever you go and whatever you do,
 you will be blessed.
7 “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!
8 “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. 10 Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.
11 “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. 12 The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. 13 If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. 14 You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.

All the above blessings represent national and individual blessings for God’s people when they obey him. Under the law of Moses, curses were pronounced if they disobey him.

Also, Leviticus 26:1-13 outlines promises of blessings and abundance for all God’s people, and not a selected few, if they would obey him.

Elihu, in the book of job that was written before the time of Moses, unveiled the mind of God to prosper His people. “If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant. But if they refuse to listen to him, they will cross over the river of death, dying from lack of understanding”. Job 36:11-12. God wants all His people to be blessed.

But through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 8:9 says: “ You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor so that by his poverty he could make you rich”. This is a promise for all believers.

However, sin and curses can hinder prosperity. For sin, let’s repent and live right. For curses, let’s invoke the covenant of the blood and every tool made available through Jesus Christ and the word of God to break curses and enjoy blessings.

Much more, as believers, the Holy Spirit resides in us to help us, guide us, guard us, strengthen us, give us wisdom, give us power, and direct our paths…we are too equipped to fail.

…God rewards all those who diligently seek Him…(Hebrews 11:6). Riches are rewards too. POVERTY IS A CHOICE!

God has nothing to lose if everyone is rich. That’s His will for us. He is more than sufficient.

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