“Poor” and “rich” are somewhat fluid words to most people, because most of us have our own personal ideas of what constitutes being wealthy or not. Our standard of measurement probably changes quite often, depending on whether or not we feel like we are getting everything we want at that particular moment. But whether you consider yourself poor or rich, there is one truth that likely applies to us all: you wouldn’t choose to be poor. You might choose to be content with less, and maybe even choose to pursue a minimalist lifestyle. But I doubt you choose poverty.

The book of Proverbs contains these wise words: “…give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, 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.” – Proverbs 30:8-9

Few things in life affect us as deeply and as consistently as our view of money and wealth. It affects our relationships, our health, our peace of mind, and of course even our spiritual life. But what this passage from Proverbs reminds us is that we will find – or create – trouble in our lives whether we are poor, or whether we are rich. One is not more “spiritual” than the other.

This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll begin a two-part message that considers what the Bible has to say about money and wealth, and the impact it has on our spiritual lives and our relationship with God. Money may not mean much to God but He knows it means a lot to us, so we should consider what He has to say about it! Be with us at 10:30 AM as we take the first step in sorting out God’s words on wealth.

Grace Received,

Joe Payne