Week 36 Thursday

The Great Equalizer

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 22

Key verse: Proverbs 22:2

“Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.”

There’s a lot of talk these days about “re-distribution of wealth” and “economic justice” and “class warfare” and – well, I’m sure you’ve seen the news.

Regardless of where you stand on those issues – I’d like to suggest you take a look at this little verse from Proverbs.

It’s a great equalizer – don’t you think?

As long as humanity has been around to count whatever commodity was considered valued at the time – there has been a problem.

Those with the greatest amount of said commodity sometimes think of themselves as

  • Stronger
  • Wiser
  • More powerful
  • More attractive
  • More eligible
  • And a whole host of other “mores.”

In contrast to this, Proverbs 22:2 humbly reminds us that, well, we should all be humble.

Because God is the Creator and Sustainer of life – all life.

God created all of us; calls all of us; loves all of us.

And God reminds us that we, as the New Testament puts it, “should not think more highly” of ourselves than others.

We are all equal in value – regardless of what we have or don’t have.

It’s not the way the world looks at things.  But it’s the way of God’s kingdom.  Which view do you prefer?

Prayer: Thank you God, for reminding me of how all are valuable in your sight.  AMEN.



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