These chapters are very clear about God’s heart towards the poor. Those who are generous to the poor will be blessed (22:9), those who oppress the poor to get rich will be punished (22:16), God will ruin those who exploit the needy (22:22), and my personal favorite:
“The rich and the poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.”(22:2)
God made the rich, God made the poor.
Here are a few questions I’m asking myself as I reflect on this text:
-Do I view the lives of those who are financially stable as more valuable?
-Is God sovereign over social class? Do I assume every person is either rich or poor at their own hand?
-What does the Bible say about being poor? Is there something wrong with it? (Because the only finger-pointing I’m seeing is aimed at the rich.)
You might have different answers to those questions than me and we might disagree on the interpretation of it. But one thing is quite clear: both the rich and the poor were created in the image of God, and when it really comes down to it, he favors the poor.
I’m feeling humbled and convicted by this. My fearful humanity clings to the false security American money offers me. Human fortune won’t save us, let’s reach for the riches that God lavishes upon us (1 John 3:1).