The Lie of Poverty

“Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me” (Prov. 30:7-8).

In this context, “falsehood” refers also to the lie of poverty. The lie of poverty is that God is uncaring and unhelpful. For example, some people think that God is uncaring and unhelpful. So they take matters into their own hands. They steal, cheat, and do many things contrary to God’s will. Poverty and a false notion of the distance of God becomes an excuse for disobedience of God’s law.

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