In July, I listened to the Esperanza Rising audiobook. After I finished the short novel (it only took a few hours on 1.2 speed), I realized a slight (but natural) biblical connection to Job.
Like Job, Esperanza loses everything dear. Due to no misdeed of her own, she moves from a mansion to a horse stall. She transitions from being the served to being the servant. Through the mountains and valleys, she learns that “the rich person is richer when he becomes poor than the poor person when he becomes rich.”
“Es más rico el rico cuando empobrece que el pobre cuando enriquece.
― Pam Muñoz Ryan,
You see, salvation does not lead to automatic wealth. In fact, Christ himself was poor, and many of his followers were lower-class (We’re talking about shepherds, fishermen, and lepers). We cannot expect Christianity to bring us earthly prosperity, but a relationship with God builds eternal wealth. When we are poor, we realize our need for the God who owns “the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10).
Ten Verses for When You Feel Poor
1. Luke 9:58
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
2. 2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
3. Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
4. I Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
5. Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
6. Philippians 4:11-12
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
7. Colossians 1:27
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
8. James 2:5
Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
9. 2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
10. Psalm 84:3
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.