POVERTY IS A CURSE
I have been asked severally if poverty is either a curse or a cross. Many people argue this even from theological perspective. Well, my answer or rather opinion is simple: Poverty is not from God. From the beginning, God never intended that we should be poor . Sin served as gateway to poverty , therefore it is a curse.
When a man cannot provide the three basic needs in life; food shelter and clothe, either for himself or family, he is regarded as an irresponsible person in the society. Not only that he loses credibility , but is not happy within himself. More frustrating is the fact that many people put in their best and get little in return. None of these is to the glory of God. But such people should however rejoice because that is why Jesus came.
But one may also ask; “is all form of poverty regarded as a curse? “ My response is no. There are those who have chosen to suffer lack and to deprive themselves the pleasures and riches of this world because of the kingdom of God. To such people poverty can be said to be a cross and not a curse. A cross to me is a form of suffering that someone is undergoing for the sake of Christ and the gospel. This is the form of cross that everyone should carry in one way or the other.
However, the “cross” imposed on us by corrupt leaders, economic setback as a result of bad governance , etc are nothing other than heavy burden. No wonder then Jesus said:
28″ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ( Matt. 11: 28-30).
This is time to let Jesus carry this burden from off your shoulder.