Having been brought up in a tight financial situation in World War 2, and following, there were times that I looked at the financially affluent, thinking that it would be wonderful to be in that situation. However, as the years slipped by I began to realize that what I thought to be “wonderful” might never be mine. Also, that many of those who possessed “riches” were lacking some of the things that we enjoyed to the maximum. Exclusiveness was evident as were some of the snobs.
Thankfully, there were those who knew what it was to cross the barrier of riches and allow us all to be treated as equals. Riches did little or nothing to spoil excellent relationships.
After becoming a Christian I began to study the Word of God, we began to even have better relationships. Personally, I found it much easier and healthy to apply Scriptural principles in all relationships.
In my studies I quickly discovered that I was rich beyond my comprehension. Overnight I realized that Romans 1:4 and following was revealing my wealth; that which God had provided.
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” What a contrast: His riches, kindness –tolerance-patience to a hard headed person until I came in repentance to Him. Then, and only then, did I experience the realization of glory, and honor and immortality, eternal life.
We reach the eleventh verse, and there we discover something that not only benefits me, but to you who would be reveling in those riches, “there is no partiality with God.”
Die a pauper, or a wealthy person! God offers riches!