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Why Poverty Exists

June 7, 2018

“But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you…” Deuteronomy 15:4

When God’s people entered the Promised Land, each family was given a portion of land. These tent dwellers, who had owned nothing, became property owners with land and the means of sustaining an income. And what God gave to them they were able to pass on to their children. If ever there was a land of equal opportunity, this was it.

God’s people had a fresh start in the land, where God had supplied all that was needed to sustain all of his people. So God says, “There will be no poor among you.” Obey the Lord, and you won’t need laws about canceling debts, because you won’t have debts. You won’t have debts because no one will be poor among you. And no one will be poor among you because God will bless you in the land.

God has provided all that is needed to sustain all people in all places at all times. So where there is poverty it is not because God has failed to provide. But the reality is that no one in our world fully obeys the Lord. No one loves God with all her heart. No one loves his neighbor as himself. So God gives us laws to put a brake on human greed. God gave these laws so that the poor would find relief, and so that no one would be trapped in crippling debt.

What has God provided that you could share with someone in need this week?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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