Being poor brings about positive and negative enlightenments.
1 Samuel 2:7 (KJV) “The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.”
The poor can be more preoccupied with money than the rich. Those that have money are often less worried about losing their money than those who have not are about getting it. This may be false security on the part of the wealthy but the same goes for the poor. If we have food and clothing, the Holy Bible says that we should be content and equally believe whether poor or rich that God is the one who takes care of us. It is one thing for me to be frugal with the money entrusted me and another to be preoccupied with it.
Matthew 5:3 (KJV) “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
To be “poor in spirit” seems a really strange goal to seek to attain. However, while it might at first appear to be easy and un-heroic, it is actually one of the most difficult and heroic things in the world. You see, while it may be easy to be poor spiritually, that is really not the same thing as being poor in spirit.
Only those who are truly rich spiritually can be poor in spirit, for to be poor in spirit means that a person is aware of the fact that they are nothing and have nothing. Before we can have that conscious awareness we must have begun to be something. Isn’t it only as we begin to know our true state that our ignorance begins to be revealed? Isn’t the fact of our own sinfulness made apparent as we look on the One who is infinitely pure and holy?
A heart that is dead is totally unaware of its deadness. That’s why it is only in that moment, when we fall under the weight of our own spiritual sickness, that we first learn of our overwhelming weakness. The closer that we draw to Christ the more that we realize just how far off we really follow Him. Our humility rises with our revelation.
So, we can see that bring poor has positive and negative connotations! We may be poor in wealth but God makes us rich in spirit!