Romans 2 verse 11 tells us that “God is no respecter of persons”, which means that He does not care who you are, how much money you have, what title you carry, what you look like, or who your family is. You have the same chances and opportunities with God as everyone else does. Yet we read in Mathew 19:23 that most rich men will not go to heaven, while reading over and over in scripture how blessed the poor and broken are.
“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” – Luke 6:20
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3
If God is no respecter of persons, then why does He seem to favor the poor over the rich? Remember that God is a just God, so their is always a just reason for His actions. Though our limited prospective may not always see it right away, He sees what we do not. Yes, generally speaking, God does show the poor favor. While “favor” is something gained or earned by way of an action taken on our part, “favoritism” is unfair, unjust, unwarranted favor. When we choose to except Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, repent of our sins, and live for God we gain His favor. Once gained, there are things we can do to grow that favor. Spending time with God, being obedient to His words and leadings, avoiding temptations and walking in righteousness, clinging to Him, and choosing to trust Him in impossible situations, these are all things that will increase our favor with God, and everyone has the same opportunity to obtain and grow it. So though He grants favor, He does it fairly, therefore it is not favoritism, staying true to His just character.
“For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” – Psalms 5:12
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” – Luke 2:52
So now that we know that favor is something earned or granted by way of an action on our part, what is it that the poor have, or are doing that most of the rich are not? The key is desperation for God. They have to call on God in desperation and trust, they have to depend on Him, they have to cling to Him, because He is all they have. This is why Jesus said that it is hard, not impossible, but hard for a rich man, because He is not desperate. It’s harder for him to put his full trust in God when he has so many other things to trust in. Here in America and other developed countries, even those we consider poor are still counted among the worlds richest. This is why we see so little true faith in these places of plenty, while we see God moving in miracles and might in the poorest and most destitute of places of this world. The only time we see abundant miracles in our riches is when we find ourselves in places of loss and brokenness. It’s just easier to be humble before, and obedient to, God when we are desperately in need of His help. Therefor, when we learn to keep our dependency on, desperation for, and thus our faith in God (even when we don’t think we need it), we can walk in miracle working favor no matter where we are, or what we’re going through… Even when we’re not going through anything at all.
“He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise (refuse) their prayer.” – Psalms 102:17