“The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.” Proverbs 22:2 ESV
Money is often thought of as bringing happiness. Some say, only partially in jest, that they would like to have a lot of money to see if it might not bring happiness. But the reality is that the rich and the poor have more in common than meets the eye. On the surface, based on things, comforts and choices, the rich seem to have the edge. But if a person in either category has ignored even more important things, they are destined for extreme unhappiness.
Jesus asked this probing question in Matthew 16:26: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
There is a mutant theology known as the “Prosperity Gospel.” Some Christians think that God wants them to be rich in this world’s possessions. Kevin DeYoung exposes the reality of that thinking this way: “On the one hand, it’s easy to see where Prosperity Theology comes from. Take a few promises of the Mosaic covenant out of their national context, take the promise in Malachi 3 about throwing open the storehouses of heaven, mix in some of Jesus’ statements about receiving whatever you ask for in faith, and you can bake up a little health and wealth gospel.” Kevin DeYoung, Money and Possessions in Proverbs.