by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Deuteronomy 32:28-52; Proverbs 13:7-8
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Proverbs 13:8 (ESV)
The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.
The book of Proverbs has many sayings on the poor and the rich. Not surprising, as this is a reality in the world. In His wisdom, God has allowed for both rich and poor, strong and weak, big and small – to coexist. Yet the paradox is that the rich is not always better off, nor are the strong and big. While no one would want to fall under the category of “poor”, the Gospel is pretty clear that the poor are “blessed”, because theirs is the kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20)
It is true that the rich has much more to lose than the poor. That’s why the rich worry, and the poor live carefree lives. That’s why we don’t hear of a poor man’s child being kidnapped. Now, just in case we are thinking that we are poor – think again. Do we have a bank account? Do we have three meals a day? Do we have a permanent roof over our head? Can we afford a family holiday? Do we go to bed each night knowing that the next day we will still have a job that provides for all of the above? Then we are rich, compared with the majority in this world. Today, may we give thanks for what we have, and not what we don’t.
Lord, help me to desire heavenly treasures above worldly wealth, deep relationships above temporal pleasures, and a holy character more than a beautiful appearance.