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Question and Answer

Why do some people have so much and some so little?

We live in a fallen world with a huge imbalance of money and power. There is an enormous divide between the wealthy and those with very little. But Proverbs 22:2 says, “Rich and poor have this in common: the Lord is the Maker of them all.” Nowhere in the Bible are we promised that everyone will have an equal experience. What Christ does teach consistently in Scripture is the importance of generosity and care for the poor. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40).

People may be rich or poor for many reasons, among them place of birth, family circumstances, available opportunities, and life choices. But we are promised that if we know the Lord our lives can have meaning in spite of these circumstances. We are not rejected or accepted by God according to what we possess. Christ reached out to those who came to Him regardless of their circumstances; He took everyone seriously, teaching the poor and the rich alike, performing miracles for both, calling both to obedience and repentance.

BY Dr. Rosalie de Rosset

Dr. Rosalie de Rosset has been teaching at Moody Bible Institute in the Communications Department for over four decades.  She is occasionally featured on Moody Radio. She is a speaker and writer and lives on the northside of Chicago, a city she enjoys for its natural beauty and multi-faceted art offerings.

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