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20 The poor [ruwsh] is hated [sane] even of his own neighbour [rea]: but the rich [ashiyr] hath many [rab] friends ['ahab]. 21 He that despiseth [buwz] his neighbour [rea] sinneth [chata]: but he that hath mercy [chanan] on the poor [anav][aniy], happy [esher] is he. KJV-Interlinear 20 The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor. NASB
The picture of selfishness, shallowness, hypocrisy, and superficiality. People in general evaluate others based on what they have attained in life, based on the perceived success that others have in life. Others are evaluated based on their titles, accomplishments, credentials and so forth. People want to be in the shadow of the wealthy and successful person. Perhaps something will rub off. And that rubbing is the key to the desire to associate with those who are rich or accomplished. The desire to gain something is the selfish component of this principle.
Who has ever received a job from a poor man? Nobody. Who has ever received a loan from a poor man? Nobody. Who has ever received a financial start from a poor man? Nobody. Who ever got ahead in life due to the efforts or position of the poor man? Probably no one.
And while these realities are true, most people approach life with a twisted view of the relative importance of the rich verses the poor. That view is 'What can either of them do for me?' And that is the flaw in their thinking.
All blessing, support, success, advancement, promotion, achievement and so forth in life does not come from people, but from God. That is the truth.
People look to their situations, to their contacts, to who they know, in order to gain the things and advancements they want in life. And that is the lie of life.
If God wants to promote you and bless you, then there is nothing and no one, who can prevent it. If God does not want to promote you, then there is nothing that you can do about it. All of your efforts will fall short of your goals. And that is the summary of all the pursuits for happiness in life that people chase after. They ignore God in their pursuit, and they play the jungle game of who you know, what you know, and how to use the system to get ahead.
People who focus on this will end up life as prejudiced against poor folks, or anyone who they think is somewhat beneath them. Why? Because the poor are evaluated on their success in life, not on their spiritual achievement.
Now granted many folks who are down on their luck are probably on the hot seat with God because of their negative attitude. But that is not for us to judge. Being poor does not mean that you are under discipline from God. Neither does being rich mean that you have arrived spiritually.
It is not wrong to use common sense in life to get ahead. Get an education, apply for work at successful organizations, work hard at what you do and so forth. It is wrong however to 'brown nose' for your advancements, and to be rude toward those whom you perceive as useless in your quest for success and advancement. It is also wrong to try to beat the system and deceive your way to success at the expense of others.
Far better to be nice with everyone, do your best in whatever it is that you do, and of course pursue with vigor your spiritual life. God will bring together all of the necessary ingredients to make you successful in this life and the next, but according to His plan, not yours.
If you want to snuggle up to someone who is by far the wealthiest and most connected in the entire universe, then try God. With God you will have more opportunities and more success in gaining an audience, than you will with anyone else alive on this planet. Grow up spiritually and offer your own prayers to God rather than asking others to pray for you. Your results will be far better.
And, God can do far more for you than anyone alive on this planet. In fact it is God who provides for everyone on the planet, not themselves. There are no self made success stories. Anyone who has anything or think that they are somebody, would be nothing and have nothing were it not for God and His policy of grace.
The rich are not rich because of their own genius. The poor are not poor because of their inability's. The jungle makes everyone what they are to some degree. But in the long run God levels the playing field and gives everyone an equal chance to be successful in eternity. And, all it takes is your positive volition to gain the success you desire, but probably are unable to attain in this life. The next life is far longer so success then is far more important.
To look down at someone because they have less than you is your sin of prejudice and judging. Remember that you did not invent your own IQ. God gave that to you. You did not invent nor design your own genetic abilities. God gave those to you. To some He gives much. To some He gives little. There is no one who is an elite and therefore better than anyone else. Only the stupid will think this.
Whatever you have in this life means nothing in the long run. Whatever doctrine you have in your soul, whatever advancement to spiritual maturity you attain in this life, means everything.
Better to have spiritual maturity and have nothing else from this world, because spiritual maturity equates to tremendous blessings in eternity. To have no spiritual growth and own the world would be bad, because when you die, then you'll have nothing in eternity (or very little), and whatever you had in this life will be gone forever. God is not impressed with what you have in this life. He gave it all to you.
So don't line up at the gates of the rich and famous. They have nothing to offer you. Instead line up at the gates of your own daily Bible study and then you'll see that God has an abundance of blessings just waiting to be given out to you. Abundance is defined as, 'more than you could possibly use in an infinite number of life times.' That's a lot. Who else can match that? Nobody.
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