Undeserved Wealth

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What is undeserved wealth? Without hard work how can one gain wealth? These questions are very meaningful. Money coming from sources other than your income like bribe, interest, etc. are undeserved wealth. Lord created man in the heavenly garden of Eden. Instead of being happy with what they have, they wished to be like God. The result: they were cursed and sent out of Eden. Satan had deceived the woman then. Today both man and woman fall before the temptations of Satan. To be able to live a luxurious life with riches, glamour, and festivity, man does not flinch from taking any possible means to earn money. The christian brothers and sister who earlier used to help each other, are now so tight-fisted that they refuse to look each other because there isn’t enough money for their own lifestyle. The result is that man is now running after minting money and has no time to rest.

The Bible describes the righteous in Psalms 15: 5, who lends money to the poor without interest who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken. Similarly, the pure mind is described in Ezekiel 18: 7-9, He does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked. He does not lend to them at interest or take a profit from them. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between two parties. He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord.

On the other hand, the man in the clutches of wealth and Satan is described as Ezekiel 22: 12, 12 In you are people who accept bribes to shed blood; you take interest and make a profit from the poor. You extort unjust gain from your neighbors. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign Lord. Also in Deuteronomy 23: 19, 19 Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest. The Bible warns us against it in Proverbs 28: 8-9, Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another,  who will be kind to the poor. If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Bible asks us to be open-handed, Deuteronomy 15: 7-11, If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the  Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.  8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this, the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. Also in Exodus 22: 25, 25 “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.

The creator of heaven and earth was born among men in a poor carpenter’s house. Jesus could have taken birth in a royal family, but that would have adversely affected the purpose for which the Father had sent Him. There are limitations as a king/prince. It would not be possible to move or live among the poor, needy, and the sinners. In the same way, the Lord has a plan for each of us. But man does not try to understand it and forget that life on earth is momentary. He keeps running after money and wealth, and that is his goal. In truth, man has forgotten how to live. All that we see around us on earth is God’s creation. Thus, everyone has equal rights to it. Yet there are some who claim everything on earth is theirs to claim.

It is the duty of a Christian to lend a helping hand to those facing trials in life. In Psalms 41: 1-2 we read, Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the  Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. It describes that it pleases Heavenly Father as well when we help people in need. Matthew 25: 40, 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ The one who earns and hoards wealth through unfair means is detestable in the eyes of the Lord.

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