Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Come to Want – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verse 16
16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Come to Want
There are a few different things that the Lord has shown us over time, concerning coming to want. Typically we see the sluggard and the slothful in the crosshairs concerning lack, being impoverished, or suffering want.
Let’s not confuse these with people who are doing their best to do whatever they can, including leaning on the Lord, but are impoverished or suffering in that manner. For those of us who are in Christ, and are financially struggling, we’ve got rewards coming according to Jesus, plus, we have no clue what the Lord has in store for us tomorrow.
But there are people out there who wouldn’t be suffering from lack, were it not for the condition of their heart. There are some things that the Lord can tolerate, and others that he won’t.
Above are a couple of things that he will not stay silent on for very long. If anyone thinks it’s a good idea to oppress the poor, squeezing from them what little they have, they’re sorely mistaken.
The poor are the people that the Lord uses to try the hearts of those with plenty. Is it a good idea to scorn those in need, and give to the rich, with the intentions of gaining from it in favor or any other form of gain?
Nope. Evidently, they’re making the same bed for themselves that the oppressive rich are making. There will be a time for these folks, that they will suffer what they’ve been striving to stave off, which is want. For those who are flat out greedy, they will always come to want, because they never stop wanting as it is!
The Word teaches that the wicked become trapped in their own snair. Also, that their own fears will come upon them. So those who are greedy of gain that already have been blessed with plenty, will certainly come to want, and be brought low.
This is a sure thing. We may have the opportunity to witness this happen to people while here on the earth, but it will certainly be taken into account in the hereafter.
There is a special place in the Lord’s heart for the poor and the oppressed, and he is their refuge. There are two types of people you don’t want to be found doing damage to. The Lord’s anointed, and the poor. Nothing good ever befalls those who do.
This should cause for us to take a deep look into our lives and measure by this standard, what types of people we are. Do we reach down to help others up, push others up that are already lifted ignoring those still underneath, or drive people down?
Lord willing, we are the first of the three options given there. Place it on the Father to lift us up, using whomever or however he wills, and use what he’s given you to lift up others.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 14: King James Bible
12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
James 2: King James Bible
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
Please help us to always recognize what you want us to do, and how you want us to do it. Teach us to depend on you more than we would ever depend on man, and give us all the tools required to be a blessing to those who are oppressed or wanting. Let none of us who are in you, be found in your eyes as oppressors of the poor, but instead to be more like you concerning this. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you know that those who are greedy, will always come to want?
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