Is It a Blessing To Receive a Lot of Material Posessions?

Asaph said in Psalm 73:3-12 ESV

3 For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
violence covers them as a garment.
7 Their eyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
8 They scoff and speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find no fault in them.
11 And they say, "How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase in riches.

Usually, riches and ease are not a blessing. In fact, it is hard to be a Christian and rich. Not impossible, but hard. The poor in Christ will suffer much persecution, and it is imperitive that the rich in Christ help those that cannot help themselves. So persecution for God is hard and uncomfortable now but leads to an abundance of eternal riches and peace, but riches in addition to God or without Him are a trap, a snare, and always leads to eternal suffering and pain (Matthew 8:11-12). I don't think that if one has an abundance of material goods that he or she should hord it. We are meant to be conduits for God's grace and mercy to pass through us so that others may be blessed., and not container ponds to let the mercy and grace we receive fester and smell because it is in the pond of covetousness and pride. My point is, please do not curse others based on their circumstances. Do not suppose that because they are suffering or poor that they must have offended God in some way. Remember that you will be judged in the manner in which you judge (Matthew 7:1-5). The early church suffered for the sake of the Gospel. If you decide to follow Jesus Christ, you will at some point find discouragement and aggravation for Him. Also, if your life is riddled with aggravation from other people and outside circumstances, be encouraged. You will reap a great harvest (James 3:13-18).


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