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Does God know and care about the poor and when will He save them?
Thank you for asking such a personal spiritual question about poverty. Can I encourage you straight away that God does care about the poor in a very special way and he will indeed help and save them.
We first see God's special care for his people when he provides clothes for Adam and Eve when they feel ashamed as God made coats of skins, and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). He then provided food for Joseph and his family even though Joseph went through a hard time to get it. (Read the story at the end of the book of Genesis).
God then gave his people freedom from slavery in Egypt, which you can read about in the book of Exodus. God made special rules for his people to care for one another which you can read about in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Specifically some of the rules meant that no one in the land should be poor and that people should look after each other. God knows that the hard situations we may face in life can lead us to be poor. But he also makes sure that God's people look after one another:
"For the poor shall never cease out of the land. Therefore, I command you saying, you shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land." (Deuteronomy 15:11)
Sadly God's people often do not look after each other and we read throughout the rest of the Old Testament that people disobeyed God's rules to care for one another and instead lived their own selfish lives. God sent people called prophets to remind people of what God had commanded and to warn them of the consequences of what would happen.
Jesus came to earth to show us how to live in accordance to God's rules and to love our neighbour as we would like to be loved. It is interesting though that Jesus ended up homeless and poor and was ultimately put unjustly to death. Yet he still rejoiced in life and trusted fully in God. Jesus' life and death are examples that teach us to be content with our own circumstances in life; they are also God's appointed way for us to know the forgiveness of sin and the assurance that we will be saved to the end, when our home will be truly in heaven where there will be no more poverty or suffering.
The apostle Paul also tells: I have learned in whatever state I am to be content (Philippians 4:11). If we are living to honour Christ, and in bringing our needs to God, if He chooses to bless us with finances, then we should be thankful and use it for His glory; however, if God chooses not to bless us in this way, then we should not become resentful.
There are many poor Christians around the world, more than there are rich ones, and they are no less loved and cherished by God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ than those who are wealthy.
It is un-biblical to suggest that a person is not blessed by God just because they are poor. Indeed, there are many evangelical Christians who believe that Scripture reveals God's bias towards the poor.
"He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them." (1 Samuel 2:8)
The Lord Jesus Himself had much to say in defence of the poor and needy, saying "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed" (Luke 4:18).
It isn't wrong to want to have money in order to feed and clothe yourself and your family; to keep a roof over your head and better your circumstances, indeed it's good and right to want to earn an honest wage, and we should do all we can using the talents and skills that God has given us, to do so.
So in summary: do all that you can with what God has given you and be content; be wary of pursuing riches for riches sake; but rather seek first His kingdom and leave the rest to Him.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- 1 Samuel 2:8
- Philippians 4:11
- Luke 4:18
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