Poverty & Grace

<posted July ’10>
Even as student finances go, its been a tight few weeks.

dictionary.com defines poverty as:

The state or condition of having little or no money, goods or means of support…

Compared to the world’s majority, people reading this are minted beyond belief, however we all endure seasons of ‘apparent poverty’. And it hurts.

Paul relates. Speaking of the prosperity and poverty pendulum, he says

In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

(Phil.4:11-12 ESV)

What is this secret?

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

(Phil.4:19 ESV)

If God provides everything we need, why does he permit our poverty?

I found some reasons:

1. Poverty shows we aren’t in control.

2. Poverty reveals the ‘idols of the heart’…what we worship.

3. Poverty is humbling.

4. Poverty shows satisfaction in God is ‘In any and every circumstance’.

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