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If there is God, Why Do a Lot of People Experience Poverty?

If there are several people experiencing poverty, it does not mean that there is no God or He is no longer doing ways to help people. If a person is poor, it is a problem that he himself made. Examples are the several squatters in cities. People from provinces migrate to urban places to find fortune there for they can’t find opportunities in their own places. It may have been avoided if the ones in the government had produced programs for the people living in their native lands to have an adequate source of income. By this, overpopulation in cities may be prevented. Poverty breeds poverty and poverty breeds criminality.

This is more about social problems and not God’s will. People make their own problems. There are even some who are already poor yet still misuse their earnings for vices and materialism. If the humanity continuously drenches into poverty, it is only part of economic reality because of the financial and economical systems of different countries. Rich people become even richer and poor people become even poorer. That’s why many say that the system must be altered. The corrupt and greedy administration must be removed instead of blaming God.

God created man and gave him free will that’s why he has a freedom to decide and do things for his own or for others. If ever he uses his freedom and influence for his own profit, it is not God’s fault. Poverty and lowliness are not works of God but of man whom God has given right and stewardship. However, not only bad things occur in our surroundings. There are also good and lovely things that happen in our lives. For these, we must be grateful to God.

It is unjust to blame God because of poverty and forget Him as we receive blessings and experience good things that He has done for us. And whatever we shall be doing, we must tell them all to God in prayer and ask for His guidance. This is the key and the assurance of peace and prosperity. The Holy Scripture states that:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil.” – Proverbs 3:5-7

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