God is Maker of Rich and Poor

Six business tycoons from the Philippines led by SM group patriarch Henry Sy made it to Forbes Magazine’s 2012 list of richest people on the planet. The list includes Lucio Tan, Andrew Tan, Enrique Razon Jr., Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. and Roberto Ongpin. It was the first time for Cojuangco and Ongpin to join the roster of the world’s billionaires (in US dollar terms).

At the top of Forbes’ global list is Mexican Carlos Slim, 72, who has an estimated net worth of $69 billion. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, 56, is second and investment guru Warren Buffet, 81, chair of Berkshire Hathaway, third.[1]

I wonder why they don’t publish the poorest people in the planet.

A The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all. (v. 2) [Rich and Poor Owe It All to God, Indicating the Need for Humility]

B The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. (v. 3) [How Prudent and Foolish People Handle Danger]

A1 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life (v. 4) [Riches—the Result of Humility and Fear of God]

B1 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them (v. 5) [How Prudent and Foolish People Handle   Danger][2]

A and A1 tell of the rich and the poor. B and B1 tell of how prudent and foolish people handle danger. Let’s focus on A and A1. The verb, “meet” (Heb. pagash), means, “encounter.” (BDB) The rich and poor meet and encounter each other. The rich and the poor will always meet each other. It is because God makes both the rich and the poor. The word, “maker” (Heb. ‘a’a) refers to God’s acts in history. (TWOT) God is maker of both the rich and the poor.

In other words, the rich and poor owe it all to God. The rich owe their riches to God. The poor owe their livelihood to God. Since you owe your riches to God, be humble before God. Since you owe your living to God, be humble before God. You should see life in an attitude of humility and fear of God.

But therein is your reward. As you become humble before God and fear God, God will reward you with riches, honor, and life.


[1] Doris C. Dumlao, “Henry Sy leads 6 Filipinos in Forbes’ richest list,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 9, 2012. Cited March 10, 2012. Online: http://business.inquirer.net/48119/henry-sy-leads-6-filipinos-in-forbes%E2%80%99-richest-list.

[2] Garrett, Proverbs, 186.

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