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Rich Man, Poor Man
Gary Boucher - Nov. 13, 2017
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If given a choice, would you choose to be rich or poor? It sounds like a no brainer right?  Solomon asks the question "For who knows what is good for a man in life?” Ecclesiastes 6:12. Is it better to be wealthy/poor,  healthy/sick, successful/a failure?  In Proverbs 30:8-9 Agur requests to be neither rich or poor, "Give me neither poverty nor riches. Lest I be full and deny You, and say ‘who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God." 

The Bible has only promises and comfort for the poor, but many warnings to those striving to be rich. Solomon who was also very, very rich said again in Ecclesiastes 5:10, "He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase." He was probably the richest man ever and he tells us it does not satisfy. Look at how many stories we’ve heard about how the rich and famous are miserable, or how big lottery winners end up broke and broken.  Jesus states that it is harder for a rich man to enter into heaven, than a camel to go through the eye of a needle,  (Matthew 19:23 and 24). Jesus also said to the Laodiceans "Because you say I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked,"  (Revelations 3:17).

It's OK to be rich, there are many rich men in the Bible.  Abraham, Job and others. Money is not the problem, it's the love of money and when you put your trust in money thats the problem. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from  the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows". 

Enough about being rich. If given the choice between healthy and sick, which would you choose? Another no brainer right? Or how about successful or a failure? Has anyone ever been driven to prayer because they were healthy or successful? Seemingly bad things happen. I got into a serious motorcycle accident at age 17. Seemed pretty bad at the time, but kept me out of Vietnam which could have ended my life on earth.  At the time guys were getting drafted left and right. Or like Joseph getting sold to slavers by his loving brothers and he tumbled down and down until he was a powerful ruler in Egypt.

It all boils down to being content with where God has you and what you have.  "Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have." Hebrews 13:5   In Philippians 4:11 Paul says "Be content in whatever state you are in," (that includes Nevada) Jesus tells us not to worry about anything, just seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and He will take care of all the rest. Matthew 6:25-34 Lay up your treasures in heaven not here on earth, really, there is NOTHING worth storing up here on earth anyway.  Pastor Tim covered Romans 8 last Sunday. All things do work together for the good for those walking in faith. verse 28 I know it does not seem like it at times but it ALWAYS does.